By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star
LIAM SMITH made a name for himself in America last weekend.
The Liverpool fighter was stopped by superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in front of more than 50,000 fans at the AT&T Stadium in Texas.
But it won’t take long for Merseyside warrior to get back in the world title fold – and nor should it.
If anything, the stock of ‘Beefy’ has risen after he went toe-to-toe with one of the modern greats of the sport in Mexico’s Alvarez.
I gave him a decent shout of causing an upset in Texas. That was not because I underestimated Alvarez, he is an exceptional fighter.
Rather, because I know the character and heart possessed by my fighter.
He came up a little short on the night, but he was prepared to take the leap and mix it with the elite without having really gone near that level before.
Smith was prepared to take the big step up and put his name out there – and his WBO crown on the line.
He is the definition of a fighting man and certainly won over a lot of new fans out in America.
Boxing is all the better for warriors like Smith and Kell Brook, who both stepped up to the plate to face two of the top fighters on the planet.
In other news this week, it was so disappointing for Ovill McKenzie that he had to pull out of his big fight with Marco Huck in Germany due to illness.
The cruiserweight should be a world champion as he was blatantly robbed in Argentina against Victor Ramirez for the IBF title last year when he only got a draw.
McKenzie has been a great servant to the sport and a dedicated professional, who has taken so many fights on a week’s notice.
This time he had a full camp to prepare, but it all went wrong for him sadly.