CALLUM SMITH insists he CAN shock the world and beat Canelo Alvarez and he is not just interested in a payday.
The 30-year-old 27-0 Ring Magazine super middleweight champion and WBA titleholder heads to Texas on Saturday to face the Mexican.
After months of trying to secure a dream bout against four-weight world champ, the Liverpudlian finally sealed the deal in November.
But despite the short turnaround, Smith is adamant he can upset the bookies and earn the biggest win of his career.
He told Ring TV: “Four weeks’ notice for the biggest fight possible isn’t ideal.
"However, given the times that we’re in, I kind of expected to get it at late notice.
“And I wasn’t sitting around doing nothing.
“If I’d been sitting around doing nothing and got four weeks’ notice, then I would have passed on it.
“I’m the champion and as long as I have those belts, I’m in a position to land the biggest fights possible, and I would still have been in a position to secure the Canelo fight.
“I would have seen the year out and tried to get it next year.
"I’ve taken this fight because I believe that I’m ready and I’m in good shape.
“I believe that I’ll be able to go in there and do what I do.”
Confident Smith continued: “I’m good enough to win the fight, I’m a winner, and I don’t take fights for a payday.
“I’m here to win, and if you’d seen me training over the last few weeks you’d know that I’m not just here to make up the numbers.”
Canelo comes into the fight on the back off a spectacular 11th-round knockout of Sergey Kovalev to claim the WBO light heavyweight title.
Smith’s was last in action in 13 months ago when he defeated John Ryder with unanimous decision.
He added: “I’m not saying I’m his toughest fight ever, he’s boxed Floyd Mayweather, but, in recent times, I tick a lot more of the boxes.
“I have to get it correct, but I believe I have the style to beat him.”
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