Result: Canelo Saul Alvarez def. Liam Smith via KO (Left Hook to Body) R9, 2:28

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Boxing result Canelo Saul Alvarez def. Liam Smith via KO (Left Hook to Body) R9, 2:28.

The stage is set for Liam Smith to defend his WBO world light-middle title tonight against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Arlington, Texas.

A crowd of 50,000 plus is expected at the AT&T Stadium to see Beefy defend the belt that he won last October against John Thompson – and has since successfully defended twice.

Smith goes in to this fight still boasting an unbeaten record – with 23 wins and one draw out of his 24 fights.

Alvarez, on the other hand, will already be contesting his 50th fight at the age of just 26 – having won 47, drawn one and lost one of his previous 49 bouts.

The two fighters are expected to make their ring-walk at around 10pm local time (4am GMT).

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Micheal McKenna is in Texas for the Liverpool Echo to bring all the latest updates on what is set to be a thrilling night of boxing.

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Boxing result Canelo Saul Alvarez def. Liam Smith via KO (Left Hook to Body) R9, 2:28.

RECAP

Canelo fires off a three-punch combo to the head, which backs Smith up. Smith opens up with Alvarez against the ropes, but nothing lands. Canelo retaliates with a clean overhand right and down goes Smith. He’s up at eight but he’s shaken. Smith tries to stand in the pocket but he’s in trouble. A left hook to the face by the Mexican superstar, which forces Beefy to tie him up. Smith is bleeding badly again with a minute left. Canelo is taking his time before cracking him with a telegraphed left hook upstairs. Smith rallies late but he swallows a pair of right uppercuts before tagging Saul with a left hook at the bell. 10-8 Alvarez

Smith misses a left and right to the head, which allows him to get countered by a lead right to the mug. A flurry to the head and body shakes Beefy a minute in. Canelo is patient, though he’s giving Smith a beating. Smith is continuing to try and reverse his fortunes as he’s aggressive, but nothing connects cleanly. A pair of stiff jabs to the body and then head back Smith up. A pair of right uppercuts hurt Smith and then he’s dropped by a vicious left hook to the liver. Surprisingly he gets back to his feet and is able to survive the round. 10-8 Alvarez

Canelo is ripping Smith to shreds with wicked hooks to the body on both sides. Beefy grimaces as each one lands but he is tough and continues to try to win. Canelo is taking his time, picking his shots upstairs and down. Liam absorbs a few more nasty left hooks to his intestines but he still comes right at Canelo. A huge left hook off the ropes explodes on Smith’s liver, dropping him for good. He is not getting up any time soon and Pabon waives it off.

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