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Who won Canelo vs Smith?
Canelo Alvarez beat Liam Smith by knockout in the 9th round on Saturday 17th September 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Texas.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 154 pounds (11 stone or 69.8 KG).
This contest was for the WBO super welterweight championship of the world.
Canelo vs Smith stats
Back in September 2016, Liam Smith stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 23 wins, zero loses and 1 draw, 13 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Canelo Alvarez made his way to the ring with a record of 47 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 33 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Canelo had advantage in power over Smith, with a 70% knock out percentage over Smith's 57%.
Liam Smith was the older man by 2 years, at 28 years old.
Canelo had 1-inch reach advantage.
Both Liam Smith & Canelo Alvarez fought out of an orthodox stance.
Smith was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 25 less fights, and made his debut in 2008, 2 year and 11 months later than Canelo, whose first professional fight was in 2005. He had fought 242 less professional rounds, 242 to Canelo's 484.
Canelo Alvarez was ranked number 1 by the WBO in the 154lb division.
Canelo vs Smith form
Liam Smith had stopped all of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Predrag Radosevic on 4th June 2016 by knockout in the 2nd round in their WBO World Junior Middleweight championship fight at Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had beat ‘Jimmy’ Kilrain Kelly on 19th December 2015 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBO World Junior Middleweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
Going into that contest, he had won against John Thompson on 10th October 2015 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBO World Junior Middleweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
Before that, he had beat David Ezequiel Romero on 18th April 2015 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Echo Arena, Liverpool.
He had defeated Robert Talarek on 6th March 2015 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Echo Arena, Liverpool.
Canelo had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Amir Khan on 7th May 2016 by knockout in the 6th round in their WBC World Middleweight and The Ring Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Miguel Cotto on 21st November 2015 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Middleweight and The Ring Middleweight championship fight at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had defeated James Kirkland on 9th May 2015 by knockout in the 3rd round at Minute Maid Park, Houston.
Before that, he had beat Erislandy Lara on 12th July 2014 by split decision in their 12 round contest at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
He had won against Alfredo Angulo on 8th March 2014 by technical knockout in the 10th round at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Liam Smith had been fighting more than Canelo Alvarez.
Going to this contest, Liam Smith had last fought 3 months and 13 days ago, while Canelo Alvarez's last outing had been 4 months and 10 days ago.
Smith's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 6 months and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 3 months and 22 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 31 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.2 rounds on average.
Canelo's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 6 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 43 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.6 rounds on average.
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