Liam Smith backs brother Callum to defeat Mexican superstar ‘Canelo’ should the pair meet in the ring

Callum Smith is the man to beat pound-for-pound star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez should they share a ring, believes older brother Liam.

Canelo’s team are currently pondering his next opponent for a September return after last month’s middleweight unification win over Daniel Jacobs and named Smith as a potential candidate should the star move back up to 168lbs.

The Mexican become a three-weight champion in December when he relieved Rocky Fielding of his WBA ‘regular’ super middleweight title after dropping the Liverpudlian four times in three rounds at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

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‘Mundo’ cemented his status as the No 1 super-middleweight two weeks ago at the same venue by stopping Hassan N’Dam to defend his WBA ‘super’ and WBC ‘Diamond’ titles on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua bill.

Older brother Liam is well aware of Canelo’s capabilities after losing his WBO super-welterweight title to him during a painful ninth-round stoppage in 2016.

“I’ve said for a long time I feel if anyone is going to beat Canelo it’s going to be Callum,” Liam told Sky Sports.

“It’s alright getting in there with a bigger man who is clumsy or who is weary. I feel if he gets in with Callum; he’s a bigger man who can box, who can fight who can defend and is not going to be in awe of him.

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