PROMOTER Frank Warren speaks exclusively to this week’s edition of Boxing News magazine about Liam Smith versus Canelo Alvarez and much, much more.

How important was it for you to deliver Canelo Alvarez for Liam Smith?

It is important. Listen, invariably, fights are not difficult to make if the fighters want to fight. You get a lot of people talking about things – like this Chris Eubank Jnr [vs Billy Joe Saunders II] thing, and we all know what a nutter his father is – you talk about it, you get to a deal, and they didn’t want it. In the end, we lost the will to live. But with Liam, he wants to fight the best, he’s only a young guy and he’s one of those guys I believe rises to the occasion. I believe he’s the best fighter out of the Smith brothers, I’ve always said that – he’s a much better fighter than people give him credit for, he can punch, he can box. I think Alvarez is excellent, but beatable. One thing’s for sure, unlike Amir [Khan] going into that fight [with Canelo], Liam is a natural super-welterweight and he can punch. Amir couldn’t really punch at his own level, so he wasn’t going to be taking up any power to fight Alvarez.

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