By Elliot Foster
Joe Gallagher has told Saul Álvarez that he could walk away empty handed this weekend.
The trainer of WBO champion Liam Smith warned the Mexican sensation that he will have to make weight before counting on getting in the ring with the Liverpudlian (23-0-1, 13 KOs) at the 80,000-seater AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, exclusively live on BoxNation in the UK with HBO Pay-Per-View holding the US rights.
Gallagher, who will next week turn his focus to WBA lightweight world champion Anthony Crolla as he faces Jorge Linares in an all-the-marbles showdown at the Manchester Arena –– on September 24, in which his belt, plus the Ring Magazine prize and the vacant WBC Diamond crown will be at stake –– said that the fight will only take place if ‘Canelo’ (47-1-1, 33 KOs) manages to successfully scale the 154-pound super-welterweight limit at Friday’s weigh-in.
Álvarez has not weighed in at 11-stone or below since his 2013 defeat by Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas when both fighters were at a catchweight of 10st 12lbs, while his last five outings have been at 155lbs.
And Gallagher has stated that there will be no agreement to let the fight go ahead if he does not weigh in at the super-welterweight limit at the weigh-in, which will be broadcast on BoxNation as part of a fight preview show beginning at 8pm.
“I’m sure they are going to be professional and I don’t expect slip-ups at the weigh-in,” Gallagher said of ‘Canelo’ and his team during a round-table discussion with press on Wednesday.
“I expect Álvarez to make the weight at 154lb but, [just] to let everyone know, if Saul Álvarez doesn’t make the weight, there will be no fight.
“Liam Smith is world champion and he is here to defend it.”
Should Álvarez fail to make the weight, ‘Beefy’s’ belt would not be at stake.
“I am not saying Saul won’t make the weight, I expect him to,” Gallagher continued, “but we have seen there has been a trend in the past few years where fighters come in and say ‘It is a pound, what [are] you going to do? We have made this big fight and sold it.’
“If they don’t make weight and ask ‘Are you going to go ahead with the fight?’. The answer is ‘no, we won’t’.
“We have made our weight contractually and if ‘Canelo’ doesn’t make the weight then give us our pay cheque and we will go shopping.”
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