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Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Liam Smith Full Fight Video
Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Liam Smith Completa Pelea
September 17, 2016 Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Liam Smith at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas for the WBO World super welterweight title
Britain’s Liam Smith loses world title to Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez
Just like many had predicted, Canelo Alvarez emerged the victor in Saturday’s clash with Liam Smith. The 26 year old Mexican served Smith his first loss when he knocked him out in the ninth round of the match.
Thousands of boxing fans had thronged Dallas’ AT&T Stadium to watch Alvarez snatch the WBO junior middleweight title from his English opponent. The 80,000 seater stadium is home to NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.
The Mexican pound for pounder boxer showed the world that he can reign at all levels by beating Smith in a match outside his niche. Alvarez had come down a weight category from 155 pounds to fight Smith at 154 pounds level. Smith has arguably been the king of junior middleweight. He has gone unbeaten in 24 of his 25 professional matches. He has also previously fought his way into Britain and Commonwealth light middleweight titles, not to mention the world title that had been his until Alvarez’s Saturday night knockout said otherwise.
Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Liam Smith Round by Round
Jabs in the opening round
The widely covered match kicked off with the two stars jabbing each other. The first round ended in Alvarez’s favor as he proved to be more alert than the Briton.
The second round was also Canelo’s to walk away with, although not with ease as it had been in the first round. The red haired middleweight fighter began by throwing punishing shots at his opponent. The Brit however didn’t bow to them, he responded with a right hand. The Mexican again threw three quick lefts to send him reeling but Smith responded with a heavy right. It was quite a tussle-filled round that saw Canelo sustain an abrasion around his left eye.
Smith moving less in round 3
Alvarez had an advantage over Smith right from the start of the third round. He caught the 28 year old at the ropes and landed him a right uppercut. He then continued to throw body shots and combos at the English sportsman who was by then moving around less, making him an easy target. Smith responded with a left hook but this was no match for Alvarez’s subsequent combo which included a right uppercut.
Smith’s comeback in round 4
Alvarez seemed to be the golden boy as round 4 ensued, he was throwing hard left punches. His magic moment was however only shortlived as Smith sent a right uppercut his way. Alvarez attempted to respond with some powerful combinations but Smith soon caught him at the ropes and dealt him a hard right. Alvarez’s vulnerability at this point saw Smith land him two more hard rights before the bell sounded. Smith’s flag certainly flew higher than the Mexican’s in this round.
Round 5 win for Smith
Like round 4, round 5 was also marked by an English win. Smith again caught his opponent at the ropes. He threw him a hard right on the face. This, in combination with other powerful punches, made the light middleweight fighter round 5’s victor.
A tool and nail fight in round 6
Smith came into round 6 with a whole new lease of energy. He was throwing very hard shots and Alvarez was responding with shots of equal momentum. It was a toe to toe fight with Alvarez emerging the round’s winner. The Englishman was bleeding profusely from his right eye at this point.
Smith escapes a match-ending shot
If there was any round which could be termed as Alvarez’s best then it sure is round number 7. Smith’s throws didn’t have an effect if any on him. In addition to this, he achieved a feat that none of the boxers who have fought the Brit before has ever achieved, he threw the 154 pounds man to the ground for the very first time in his career. Smith avoided a possible match-ending shot by getting up quickly to deal the Mexican a left hook.
Canelo seeking a round 8 win
Canelo came fiercely on Smith in round 8, he kept sending him jabs and powerful right hands. Smith refused to give up and took him head on at the ropes. The 155 pounds specialist responded with a shot that sent Smith falling again. The British boxer was evidently losing it at this instance.
A win for Alvarez in round 9
A series of body shots, two right uppercuts, and a left liver shot were all Alvarez needed to seal his victory and head out with Smith’s WBO title. His moves sent Smith to the ground, leaving him in a dazed state. It was a KO for the Mexican great and a gloomy night in Texas for English champion.
Smith on his loss
Speaking at a post match interview, Smith said he was very disappointed by his loss. He added that he had failed to get the timing right and that Alvarez was superb.
Smith had hoped to make history by defeating the middleweight fighter who has only lost once to Floyd Mayweather throughout his 45 professional matches. Alvarez is one of the names which send shudders down the spines of many boxers.
Saturday’s face off with Alvarez was Smith’s third time defending his world title. Unfortunately, he this time was forced to concede it as he failed to make the count when Alvarez knocked him down in the ninth round.
The Liverpool born sportsman has now played a total of 25 professional matches. Saturday’s loss against Alvarez marks his first ever defeat.
Alvarez ready for Golovkin
After toppling Beefy, Alvarez now says he is ready for GGG. He said he is not afraid of any opponent and that he is the best in the sport. The new junior middleweight world champion however has to make it to 160 pounds in order to take on the Kazakhstani boxer.