ONLY those in the know are giving Liam Smith a chance of upsetting Canelo Alvarez in Saturday’s showdown for the Englishman’s WBO super-welterweight title, according to the champion’s trainer Joe Gallagher. And that includes Team Canelo, and his promoters Golden Boy, who today gave Smith incredible praise by comparing him to legendary former middleweight king, Carlos Monzon.
“Even the British press are not giving us a chance in this fight,” Gallagher said. “But when you listen to guys like Freddie Roach and Virgil Hunter do interviews and say that Liam Smith has got a very strong chance in this fight, and the chance of pulling off an upset, they are the guys you need to listen to.”
“I see the criticism that Team Canelo are getting for taking this fight and it’s unfair. Amir Khan has come out [in this week’s edition of Boxing News] and picked Liam Smith to beat Saul Alvarez. Khan has sparred Liam, he’s fought Alvarez, and he’s come out on record to pick Liam Smith to win this weekend.”