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Canelo to fight Liam Smith Sept. 17

Canelo Alvarez

So much for Canelo Alvarez promising his next fight was going to be against Gennady Golovkin when he said he was only dropping his WBC middleweight title to give himself more time to negotiate the terms of a meeting. Alvarez won’t be fighting GGG next. He won’t be fighting him in 2016 at all. Instead he will next fighting WBO light middleweight champion Liam Smith on September 17.

The fight will take place in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be aired on HBO Pay-Per-View. One Wednesday it was said that the Alvarez and GGG agreed to wait until Fall 2017 to meet. At this point, though, we’ll have to see it to believe it because they previously said they agreed to meet this fall after they let it “marinate” a bit.

Even without fighting GGG, Alvarez has established himself as boxing’s biggest star in this post-Mayweather and Pacquiao era that we have entered into. But fight fans are getting tired of being denied big fights when they want to see them. Boxing cannot afford for Canelo vs. GGG to go the way to Mayweather-Pacquiao and happen years after it should have happened.

But in the mean time we have to settle watching Alvarez drop down to 150-pounds to fight Smith, who unbeateden with a 23-0-1 record. He won his title by knocking out John Thompson in the seventh round last October and has since defended it twice, but neither opponent was anybody of note. Alvarez is a massive step up in competition and the fight in Las Vegas will be his first professional fight outside the comfort of his native England. Even in England, Smith has barely fought outside of his hometown of Liverpool.

And he is who we have to watch fight Alvarez, not a worthy opponent like GGG.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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