News | Sep 14 2016

Liam Smith will not fight if Canelo Alvarez doesn’t make weight

Smith-Canelo will not go ahead even if Alvarez is only one pound over, insists Joe Gallagher
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LIAM SMITH’S trainer Joe Gallagher promised that his fighter will not defend his WBO super-welterweight title against Canelo Alvarez if the Mexican fails to make the 154lb weight limit. Alvarez hasn’t been that low since his 2013 loss to Floyd Mayweather, and today Gallagher addressed concerns that the Mexican may struggle to make the required weight for Saturday’s Smith-Canelo showdown at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

“I’ve been asked this before, Saul [Canelo] Alvarez and his team are huge professionals and I have huge respect for them,” Gallagher explained today.

“I’m sure they are going to be professional and I don’t expect no slip-ups at the weigh-in. I expect Alvarez to make the weight at 154lbs, but to let everyone know if Saul Alvarez doesn’t make the weight there will be no fight. Liam Smith is world champion and he is here to defend it.