Callum Smith faces a huge step up tonight as he bids to prove himself as the best super-middleweight in the world.
The Liverpudlian defends his world title against Canelo Alvarez, widely regarded as the No.1 boxer on the planet.
Smith has plenty to prove following his lacklustre performance last time out against John Ryder, a fight many onlookers felt he lost.
Canelo meanwhile is moving back down in weight having beaten Sergey Kovalev last year to become a light-heavyweight world champion.
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Canelo Alvarez has been warned he has picked “the wrong kid” in unbeaten super-middleweight king Callum Smith.
Alvarez has challenged Smith because he wants to add his WBA Super and Ring magazine belts, plus the vacant WBC crown, to his collection of titles won in four divisions.
Smith’s trainer Joe Gallagher claims the pound-for-pound king has blundered and is adamant his man can cause an upset in San Antonio’s Alamodome in the early hours of Sunday.
Gallagher feels Alvarez’s 56 fights, including Floyd Mayweather, Erislandy Lara and his two contests with Gennady Golovkin, are about to catch up on him.
“Canelo has been a pro for 15 years and he’s had hard fights,” he said. “Floyd Mayweather beat him and he’s had the Trout fights, Lara, the GGG fights, Kovalev, Daniel Jacobs.
“Sooner or later with these champions we wake up to Buster Douglas beating Mike Tyson, Antonio Tarver beating Roy Jones, Lloyd Honeyghan beating Don Curry.
“We wake up to these things and is Canelo being a pro for 15 years finally going to catch up with him? Has he picked the wrong kid this time? We think he has.
“I think Callum is a serious threat. We’re going to go in there and claim that No 1 pound-for-pound title.”
Gallagher was in the corner when Liam Smith was knocked out in nine rounds by Alvarez at light-middleweight in 2016 and says Callum has more punching power than his older brother.
The 6ft 3ins Smith is taller and has a longer reach than Alvarez and Gallagher says the youngest of the four fighting brothers also has a boxing brain.
“Style wise, they are different fighters,” said the wily Mancunian, who guided Anthony Crolla and Scott Quigg to world titles. “I thought Liam did very well against Canelo, he caused him problems and acquitted himself very well.
“I just think that little bit of extra firepower you need at world level, he didn’t have. But that’s what Callum does have.
“Callum carries that extra firepower, but he’s got a boxing brain as well. We know we can’t just rock up and try and nick it on points, that ain’t going to happen.
“We’re going in there to win and we’re going in there to win by knockout. We need to put in a performance so that if we don’t win by knockout, then there will be no doubt we won on the cards.”
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