Clin­i­cal Canelo stops brave Smith

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Saul ‘Canelo’ Al­varez de­liv­ered the per­fect body shot to stop Liam Smith in his tracks and win the WBO su­per-wel­ter­weight ti­tle.

The Bri­tish cham­pion had put up a brave chal­lenge, but af­ter be­ing floored twice, the end came in the ninth cour­tesy of a bone crunch­ing left hook to the rib cage.

Smith could not beat the count and more than 50,000 fans in­side the AT&T sta­dium rose to their feet to salute their Mex­i­can hero. “I told you I was go­ing to give you a great fight and bring you the cham­pi­onship, and here it is,” Canelo told the ec­static fans.

“Liam Smith was a re­silient fighter. I felt he was very strong in the be­gin­ning, so I felt I had to put that body work in so slowly, so he would dwin­dle and I did my job.”

Hav­ing im­proved his record to 48 wins, one loss and one draw, Al­varez quickly turned his at­ten­tion to fear­some mid­dleweight Gen­nady Golovkin.

The 26-year-old claimed Golovkin re­cently re­jected a fight with him but stated he is ready to chal­lenge the knock­out artist.

“I fear no one. I was born for this, and even though many peo­ple may not like it, I am the best fighter right now,” he added.

“About a month ago we of­fered him twice as much. But I’m ready.”

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