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Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith set for September 17th in Arlington

This will be Alvarez's third fight in Texas and Smith's first fight outside the UK.

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Canelo Alvarez and his team might be slightly overestimating the drawing power of their upcoming title fight with Liam Smith. In addition to putting the fight on pay-per-view, The Ring reports that the fight will take place in Arlington, Texas' 88,000-seat AT&T Stadium, home of the Cowboys and two-time stomping ground of Manny Pacquiao.

Alvarez's (47-1-1, 33 KO) previous visits to the Lone Star State saw him edge by Austin Trout in San Antonio and obliterate James Kirkland in Houston.

Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) does hold the WBO title, but his claim to being elite is tenuous at best. His title reign has featured beatdowns of hopelessly overmatched challengers Jimmy Kilrain and Predrag Radosevic, making it hard to see him as anything other than cannon fodder for Alvarez's "return" to 154.

Not exactly the kind of thing that should fill 88,000 seats.

The undercard doesn't look like it'll do much to win over those on the fence, currently consisting of Luis Ortiz vs. Alexander Ustinov and Billy Joe Saunders vs. TBA.

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