Fans of online wagering can get ready to pick their favorite for WBO World Super Welterweight Title match set to take place on Saturday the 17th of September. Liam Smith is poised to defend his super welterweight title against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in what is shaping up to be a thrilling match. The fight will be held at AT & T Stadium located in Arlington, Texas. Home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT & T Stadium houses a roomy 80,000+ and features a retractable roof. If there is any question as to the magnitude of this fight then fans need only check the venue’s history. This will be the third boxing event held at the stadium; it previously had housed Pacquiao vs. Clottey and Pacquiao vs. Margarito. Although the bout was originally thought to be taking place in Las Vegas, AT & T Stadium will no doubt be more than enough to accommodate the crowd drawing event.
Although many of Smith’s British fandom had already made travel arrangements to Las Vegas they will have no other option than to head for the Lone Star State. Smith will be looking to defend his title and undefeated record against the red-haired Mexican who will no doubt draw more fans at an event so close to the border.
“Texas loves Canelo, and Canelo loves Texas so it was a no-brainer to have this fight at AT & T Stadium, Texas is like Canelo’s second home” Oscar De La Hoya stated in explanation of the events locations. Since retiring from boxing De La Hoya started Golden Boy Promotions, named after his boxing nickname, and is promoting this event. “My friend Jerry jones extended the invitation to Canelo to fight at AT & T Stadium so it was an easy decision for us.”
Although many, Jerry Jones included, were hoping Canelo would fight Gennady Golovkin next, this bout will still give fans of online wagering a memorable fight to gamble on. Here are the odds for the title match:
Liam Smith 71/2 (+105) +800
Canelo Alvarez 71/2 (-125) -1250
Alvarez is dropping from lineal middleweight, where he is currently world champion, to junior middleweight but that isn’t stopping sportsbooks from pegging him as the heavy favorite. BoxRec, a website tasked with maintaining updated records of professional boxers, has Canelo ranked as the #1 boxer in the world (pound for pound). Alvarez record is 47-1-1 KO32 with his only loss coming from Floyd Mayweather. The red-haired Mexican will be even more pumped up about this fight as it will take place during Mexico’s Independence Day, which usually features an eye-catching fight involving a Mexican boxer. This year Alvarez gets to entertain Mexican youth the way he was entertained when he was younger.
Smith will be looking to make this 4 consecutive successful title defends, however unlike all his previous bouts this will take place stateside. Smith will be making his debut in the US against one of the most formidable opponents modern boxing has to offer. Sportsbook aren’t giving Smith any benefit, but if fans of online wagering think otherwise then they can take the lucrative +800 wager.