Liam Smith insists he has the size and power to trouble Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and has vowed to knock out the WBC middleweight champion.
Smith will defend his WBC light-middleweight title against Canelo, who is considered one of the best fighters in the world, in Dallas on September 17.
The 27-year-old is a huge underdog to beat the Mexican, but believes he is better suited to the fight than fellow-Brit Amir Khan, who was knocked out in the sixth round against Canelo after stepping up in weight.
“People will probably laugh and I’ll get stick for it but I am going to stop Canelo. It doesn’t matter what he puts on, size won’t be a factor in the fight,” Smith told the Daily Star.
“It is killing me to keep going on about Amir, I’m very close to him and I train in his gym but he was Canelo’s last fight.
“I sparred Amir myself and from my point of view I thought ‘you’re tiny’. He was still a 147lb fighter.
“He was a 147lb blown up to 155 and it was always a case of ‘Can Amir get through it?’ I think Amir boxed very well but it was in parts and he was always the back-foot boxer.
“There was no way Amir could do it for 12 rounds. He was too small. I’ve got a very good chin, it won’t be a worry for me.”
The Liverpool-born fighter is now well into his preparations to ensure he is in perfect condition for the bout, meaning he has even given up playing for his local football sides on a Saturday and Sunday.
“For this one I haven’t kicked a ball in ages,” he added.
“The only one I did was that field goal at the stadium in Texas. I wouldn’t ever risk that now – it’s done now… until September.”