Canelo Alvarez stops Liam Smith with a body shot in the ninth round
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ARLINGTON — Canelo Alvarez stopped Liam Smith with a left hook to the body in the ninth round to take Smith’s WBO junior middleweight title Saturday at AT&T Stadium.
Smith (23-1-1, 13 knockouts) fought bravely but ultimately was worn down by Alvarez’s heavy punches and the fight was stopped. Smith went down from a three-punch combination in Round 7, a body shot in Round 8 and then the crushing hook to the side. Smith couldn’t get up and referee Luis Pabon waved off the fight.
Canelo (48-1-1, 34 KOs) was well ahead on the cards when the fight was stopped.
A full report will follow shortly.