MUCH of the talk in the build-up to Canelo Alvarez’s challenge to unfancied WBO super-welterweight champion Liam Smith, was that the Mexican was struggling to make weight. Smith’s trainer, Joe Gallagher, promised there would be no fight if Alvarez – who has spent the last three years campaigning above the 154lb limit – failed to come in at the contracted weight. Yet a naked Canelo skipped on and off the scales quickly, before his weight was announced to the crowd at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium as 154lbs.
The British trainer was afterwards dubious about the amount of time Alvarez spent on the scales, but is content with what transpired, and the fight goes ahead. Liam Smith, yet again a picture of confident relaxation, also came in at 154lbs.
The champion has somehow managed to keep himself in a bubble of concentration since arriving in Texas, the size of his task not affecting the travelling Scouser one bit. Throughout the week, “Beefy” has played role of the calm and collected underdog perfectly, one focused only on the job in hand. But at today’s weigh-in, an all-singing, all-dancing, extravaganza of typical American excess, Smith got a taste of what will await tomorrow night.