Liam Smith believes Canelo Alvarez didn’t do himself any favours after publicly declaring his intentions to fight Gennady Golovkin before vacating his WBC World Middleweight Title.

Alvarez was mandated to fight Golovkin in a mouth-watering unification bout only for the fight to fall through after the WBC World Title was passed over to the feared Kazakh KO King.

Canelo now challenges for Smith’s WBO World Super-Welterweight Title on September 17th in a bid to restore his World Titlist status.

Speaking on a Reddit fan Q&A, Smith revealed:

“He ducked him massively. He went the wrong way about it. He know he's being criticised a lot and losing a lot of fans about the way he did it. If he was open and honest about it people would have understood. If he said ‘Look at the moment I'm not 160, I'll fight you in 12 months’ time, I’m going to build myself to 160,’ he'd have bought himself grace.”

Beefy continued: “But the way he went about it after the fight with Cotto, he got Triple G in the ring and said he'd put the gloves back on. Then after the fight he said he the thing about his balls, he built the fans up about fighting him next and then he gave the belt up. I just think he went about it the wrong way.”

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