Callum Smith faces an tough task against Canelo Alvarez but upset would be great

Callum Smith has shown he is up for the challenge by taking on the best in the world in Canelo Alvarez.

The Liverpool fighter has the height and reach to cause the Mexican a lot of problems when they meet in Texas this weekend.

If he pulls off the upset it will be up there as one of the great British wins in the ring.

And I would love to see it happen for a fighter who has given his all to the sport and is so well respected among his peers.

But it is a mighty task ahead of him against a boxer who dealt with a big man in Sergey Kovalev at light-heavyweight last year.

Alvarez is now the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet for me after Vasiliy Lomachenko's defeat to Teofimo Lopez earlier this year.

The Mexican has done everything asked of him in the ring and is now on the verge of becoming a bona fide four-weight world champion.

That's no easy challenge in the weights he has been mixing in.

Alvarez learned so much in defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jnr back in 2013.

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Like every little detail matters and any advantage you can gain is crucial.

Mayweather got Alvarez to boil down to 152lb for that fight – 2lb below the light-middleweight limit.

It may have helped in Alvarez looking a little sluggish on fight night which allowed Mayweather to look a million dollars with his defensive mastery.

Another trick from Mayweather was announcing fights as late as possible. Give the opponent less time to prepare.

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I think Alvarez gave Smith less than five weeks that this fight was officially on which could be crucial.

You can bet your life the Mexican was preparing for a big super-middleweight long before putting ink on the contract.

While he's good at the games outside of the ring, Alvarez is also impressive inside the ropes as he adds to his legacy with every fight.

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