Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs Liam Smith: Mexican records ninth-round stoppage to win WBO light middleweight title

Smith was knocked down in the seventh round before a body shot ended the bout in the ninth

Saul Alvarez beat Liam Smith to win the WBO light middleweight title
Saul Alvarez beat Liam Smith to win the WBO light middleweight title

Liverpool's Liam Smith lost his WBO light-middleweight title when he was knocked out by Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Texas on Saturday night.

Mexico's Alvarez claimed his 28-year-old opponent's crown in the ninth round at the AT&T Stadium, Smith failing to beat the count after being dumped to the canvas by a fierce body shot.

Smith was previously unbeaten and had won his last eight fights by knockout - but that record went with the Briton's third defence of his title.

Alvarez looked the sharper of the two from the start and although Smith produced a tidy combination with his opponent on the ropes in the fifth, the Briton's prospects were not enhanced by a cut above his right eye.

Smith was in trouble in the second minute of the seventh round when he was dumped to the canvas by two right hooks from the Mexican - and the Briton finished the round on the back foot.

Liam Smith lost his WBO light middleweight title to Alvarez

The contest ended two rounds later when Alvarez followed a left hook to the head with a crunching blow into Smith's ribs which sent the Briton to the canvas.

PA

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