Liam Smith: Canelo Alvarez massively ducked fight with Gennady Golovkin

Liam Smith says he only landed the biggest pay day of his career because Saturday's opponent Canelo Alvarez ducked a fight with Gennady Golovkin.

Alvarez relinquished the WBC middleweight title rather than face Golovkin in a world title unification fight that had initially been planned to take place this Saturday.

The Mexican then decided to drop down a division and challenge Smith for his WBO light-middleweight title which takes place at the 80,000-seat capacity AT&T Stadium in Texas on Saturday.

Golovkin instead defended his IBF and WBC middleweight belts with a fifth round win over Kell Brook last Saturday, with Daniel Jacobs and Billy Joe Saunders now being talked about as his future opponents.

"I definitely think Canelo ducked a fight with Golovkin," Smith told ESPN. "Rightly so, because Canelo isn't big enough. He went the totally wrong way about it, calling for the fight against Golovkin and then giving up the belt.

"He told the fans he wouldn't give up titles. He's just not big enough to fight him. He will be under pressure in this fight to put on a performance and that's because he has lost the respect of his people for giving up the title.

"He's ducked Golovkin massively. There's massive pressure from the fans because he wants to keep them on board and he will want to make a statement after what has happened."

Confident Smith is already talking about there being a rematch with Canelo, who he says he can outbox.

"It's not the biggest fight of his career now, but when he loses it will be and his team will do everything possible to get the rematch," Smith said.

"Looking back at his last fight, I think Canelo's attitude was thinking that he was going to grab the knock out sooner or later, and he wasn't willing to box. I won't let that be the case this fight because I've got the ability to out box him, and put him in his place."