Alvarez was in control from round one against the gritty Smith. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Saul "Canelo" Alvarez knocked out previously unbeaten Liam "Beefy" Smith in the ninth round Saturday to regain a share of the super welterweight world title before more than 51,000 at AT&T Stadium in Texas.Smith, blood streaming from a cut near his right eye, kept coming, but even his best shots weren't enough to slow Alvarez, and he went down again in the eighth after a crunching left hook to his midriff.Smith fell to 23-1 with one drawn and 13 knockouts. The Merseysider had won 18 fights in a row over six years, winning eight in a row inside the distance over the past three years.Although Alvarez stepped down in weight to take on Smith, fight fans still crave a clash between him and Kazakhstan's unbeaten Gennady Golovkin, the undisputed middleweight world champion.
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