Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya chose Smith as Alvarez’s opponent for the bout on Mexican Independence Day weekend for two reasons: They believe he has little chance to win, and he’s likely going to come right at Alvarez.
Alvarez, the Mexican superstar whose only loss in 49 professional fights was a 2013 defeat at the hands of the great Floyd Mayweather, usually tears that kind of a fighter apart.
Alvarez is unquestionably one of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters, but he has trouble with slick boxers and those who use their legs. That manifested itself most obviously in his loss to Mayweather, but also in wins over Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout where he struggled more than normal to win.
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