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Canelo and Smith Face Off at 80,000 AT&T Stadium in Texas

Published On July 19, 2016 | By Niall Doran | Boxing News, Boxing Views and Opinion

Canelo and Liam Smith came face to face for the first time this week in the enormous venue where they will face each other for the WBO 154lbs title on September 17th.

Going into the fight many are writing Smith off in terms of having a chance of beating the well known Mexican, but many are also forgetting that Smith is the champion in this fight, not Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1-33KO).

Sure, he’s up against it, no doubt – but he won’t be coming over the US just to make up the numbers and give his belt away without one hell of a fight.

Unbeaten Smith (23-0-1-13KO) will know this is by far the biggest fight of his career and his trainer who also is Ring Magazine’s reigning ‘Trainer of the Year’, Joe Gallagher, will have his charge ready.

At this week’s first press tour face off it appears Canelo is taking this fight very seriously by the way he’s been talking so far, with a feeling of mutual respect between the two evident throughout proceedings.

Style-wise both guys can be very aggressive in the ring at times, so this could shape up to be a tremendous fight.

Here’s what happened when the two met for the first time yesterday at the gigantic AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) in Texas:

(Video credit: Golden Boy Promotions)

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Niall Doran
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