Canelo Alvarez will be contending for Liam Smith's WBO junior middleweight title on HBO, Sept. 17th. And leading up to the fight HBO will be airing it's debut episode of Road to Canelo/Smith, immediately following the Golovkin-Brook fight on Sept. 10. So until then we'll just have to settle for quotes from the fighters to get us pumped up for this perceived mismatch.
Speaking on the fight, Canelo Alvarez tells WBN that that Liam Smith is a tough opponent who will demand his full attention and preparation.
"When I train, I only focus on one fighter, and that is the one in front of me. Liam Smith is undefeated and the WBO champion. He has knocked out many other fighters and is hungry to become a superstar.
"Like always, I am going to work extremely hard throughout training camp, get myself into the best condition possible and hopefully come out with another victory."
Of course what most fans want to know is what Canelo's plans are after fighting Smith, since most believe the result is a foregone conclusion. Canelo alludes to all the talk over a fight with Gennady Golovkin, but simply says:
"As for the future, I'll let others do the talking, but I have always said that I fear no man, and when I feel my body is ready, I will take on anyone and everyone in the division that I am fighting."
But for now a prospective fight with Golovkin has been put off for at least another year -- meaning that this subject will continue to be a sore spot for fans who have increasingly turned their backs on the young star.
Let's make some predictions! How many PPV's does Canelo-Smith sell?