Ahead of their show this weekend, Smith believes his ability is as important as his physical achievements over ‘Canello’ Alvarez at Sha Saul, Liverpoolian said: “I’m not a big mass with limited ability.”
6ft 3in Smith prepares to build the third defense of his WBA Super-Middleweight title at Alamodom, Texas, where the vacant WBC crown will also be on the line, seven inches shorter than his opponent.
Smith is also proud to be seven and a half inches taller than Alvarez, but the Mexican superstar is unlikely to be a small man, having lost several heights and ranger fighters last time out.
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However, this Saturday may be a step away for Alvarez, who is undoubtedly the biggest winner of his professional career.
“I’m not just a huge mass with limited abilities, I believe I have the ability to go with it,” Smith (27-0, 19kg) said Alvarez, who weighed in at 168 pcs in the super middleweight range.
“I don’t believe I can get to where I am now if I don’t have the skills and abilities. Tactically I believe that we understand that and I need to do exactly what I know I can do.
“I have seen Canelo as a fan for years, I enjoy watching him, but I have always seen him trust me, and I believe I can beat him there if it is me.
“I’ve always felt I had the style to do this, and I have the opportunity to prove it.”
Alvarez is considered by many to be the best pound fighter in the world, but Smith, who cut to the chase at the last pre-fight press conference, insists he does not include his enemy on a pedestal.
“I have to treat Canello Alvarez like any other fighter,” Smith said, ranking 12th in The Ring magazine title.
“I am a world champion, believe in my own ability, believe that I can beat anyone.
Alvarez, who has won four world titles in weightlifting, defeated Smith’s brother Liam four years ago.
Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) then went on to beat Jenny Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs and Sergey Kovalev, and became the favorite against Smith, a 4-1 underdog with several prominent bookmakers.
But Smith, who officially received a month’s notice to prepare for this fight, said: “I finally got the fight I wanted, and I’m in a very good place. I don’t have a big fight.
“Mentally and physically I feel good and performing. I’m excited. I can not work or panic or do anything, I am always in a position where I want to be. ”