Canelo Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso has tasked his fighter with knocking out Liam Smith when the Mexican challenges the Liverpool ace for his WBO World Super-Welterweight Title.

Alvarez enters the fight as the betting favourite and on the relative home soil of Dallas, Texas, where a huge and partisan crowd will cheer him on as they celebrate Mexican Independence weekend.

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Speaking with’s Miguel Rivera, Reynoso said that the Canelo team were not taking the unbeaten Liam Smith lightly.

“At this level, Alvarez has to prove his power and must go find the knockout because we want to improve in every fight,” Reynoso said.

“Smith is a fighter who is strong and handles things well with a good defence. He’s intelligent and has a good left hand.

“We know there is no such thing as an easy opponent and Smith is a very strong fighter because to become champion a lot of things are needed and he’s managed to do so, which makes him an opponent that we must respect and take seriously.

Reynoso identified the defensive improvements that Canelo has made, and said this will be an important part of their gameplan against the 23-0-1 Liverpool ace.

“In the gym we are working on combinations to the body. I am very proud of Saul because he has improved on defence. In addition, we have practiced feints and he moves very well. We’re getting great results in camp.”

At a London press conference last week, Liam Smith and his coach Joe Gallagher also said they were planning to knock out Canelo, so both men enter this one with confidence.