Saul Alvarez became the new WBO Super-Welterweight Champion after stopping a brave Liam Smith inside nine rounds at the immense AT&T Stadium.
Despite being a huge star, Canelo was the challenger and put in a convincing performance to take the belt, eventually halting Smith with a sickening body shot in the ninth round.
Both men played their part in an entertaining tussle, and Canelo found success with the left hook early on forcing the Merseyside maverick into a tight, high defence which blocked most of his opponent’s efforts.
Smith grew into the contest in the following couple of rounds as he looked to hold the centre of the ring and move forward, maintaining an impressive work rate throughout.
Canelo pressed on in the fifth and sixth rounds, forcing the fight as Beefy suffered a cut above the right eye. The Mexican found success with a number of uppercuts as well as a consistent jab.
Midway through the seventh round Smith was sent to the canvas as Alvarez, with his back to the ropes, picked through his defence with a strong overhand right to the top of the head.
The champion recovered well but suffered a second knockdown towards the end of the eighth after two Canelo uppercuts were followed by a huge left hook into the Liverpudlian’s midriff.
Smith still attacked at the start of the ninth but Canelo again landed a left hook behind the Englishman’s guard, finishing the fight with a vicious blow to the body.
A crowd of 51,000 packed into the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium to see one of the biggest draws in boxing and fans will be hoping he meets Gennady Golovkin sooner rather than later.
Liam Smith craved a big fight and that’s what he’s got!
The Merseyside maverick travels to defend his WBO World Super-Welterweight Title against Canelo Alvarez on Saturday 17 September, live on BoxNation.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for Smith to catapult himself into super-stardom on his American debut against the flame haired Mexican challenger.
BoxNation viewers witnessed Canelo land a Punch of the Month winning shot to sensationally knock out Amir Khan back in May to retain his Middleweight crown, before moving back down a weight to 154 lbs.
Smith helped Amir Khan prepare for that fight and will have gained invaluable insights into Canelo’s game which can only increase his chances of causing an upset.
Beefy has made two successful defences of his WBO World Title against Jimmy Kelly Jr and Predrag Radosevic after landing the vacant World Title against John Thompson in sensational style back in October.
The unbeaten Liverpudlians knock out streak moved to eight in a row with the Radosevic victory on June 4 and makes an obvious step up in class against one of boxing’s genuine pound for pound fighters.
It’s a chance for Alvarez to win another World Title at the weight, having previously held the WBA and WBC World Title belts.
Both men have a come forward attitude which has all the makings for an intriguing fight. Will Smith’s ferocious body shots be able to dent Canelo? Can Alvarez land a similar shot to what finished Kirkland and Khan?
Boxing is booming and Liam Smith lines up in one of the biggest fights involving a British fighter of the year, watch it live on the Channel of Champions!