Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez had the boxing world calling for a showdown with Gennady ‘Triple G’ Golovkin after a brutal display of power against Liam Smith.
Despite a brave showing from England’s defending light middleweight champion, he was unable to cope with the might of Canelo’s punches.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the bout, which was stopped in the ninth round:
A brutal body shot brought Smith to the canvas
Canelo is a savage! 👊pic.twitter.com/7YaUOdi1vZ
— BigSport (@BigSportGB) September 18, 2016
Despite being unbeaten in his 24 fights as a professional, Smith couldn’t match Canelo’s class
— matthew macklin (@mattmacklin) September 18, 2016
While many praised the Brit for his courage, it was clear what the public wanted to see next
Canelo is a very very good fighter, smith was just a step behind all night, tried his best, that’s all you can do, Canelo Vs GGG please 🙏🙏🙏🙏
— curtis woodhouse (@woodhousecurtis) September 18, 2016
The man himself claims GGG has been offered the chance for a bout twice
— BoxNation (@boxnationtv) September 18, 2016
But it seems Canelo’s own promotion team are protecting him for now
— BOXING CORNER 24/7 (@boxingcorner247) September 18, 2016
I agree with Max.. Canelo is GoldenBoy’s stock & they are protecting their investment. I dont believe Canelo is afriad to fight Golovkin
— FightNights.com (@boxing) September 18, 2016
Oscar De La Hoya, Canelo’s promoter, said the GGG fight will happen, just not yet
Oscar says Canelo will fight in December and then May and then GGG next September. https://t.co/S0wPdysyBL
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) September 18, 2016
While the man himself maintained the Smith victory was a team performance
This fight was for all of my people. As I said on the ring, “We are a team and we’ll do this together.” Viva Mexico! pic.twitter.com/IV56iprRnT
— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) September 18, 2016
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.