Boxing judges, please, be fair – Joe Gallager

September 14, 2016

LIAM SMITH must be given a fair chance to spoil the Mexican Independence Day celebrations in Dallas, this weekend.

Smith’s trainer Joe Gallagher has issued the warning to the judges ahead of the Liverpool’s boxer’s showdown against Mexico’s finest Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

The biggest fight of Smith’s career is being staged on the weekend of the huge holiday in the Hispanic hotbed of Texas.

It is a huge step up for Smith, who has made two defences of his WBO light-middleweight title against unknown opponents since winning it last year.

And Gallagher has called on the judges to be professional and not favour Alvarez, who has lost just once – to Floyd Mayweather Jnr – in 49 fights.

Amir Khan fought Alvarez in May at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena and was dispatched with a brutal sixth round knockout.

But before the stoppage Khan appeared to be ahead, even though two of three judges had him behind on the cards.
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Gallagher said: “It was obvious what was going down against Khan. It does worry you.

“We want it to be three honest men going to bed on Saturday night thinking I did the right thing and not having to have it on their conscience.

“Boxing doesn’t need more controversy. After the Olympics and the question of the scoring over there, the last thing you need is professional boxing to be under the spotlight again.

“They are professionals here and I expect them to do a professional job. We want them to do their job properly.

“This is a sport that technically can be legalised killing. Two kids are going in there putting their lives on the line and their careers on the line.”

Alvarez’s promoters are hoping there will be almost 50,000 Mexicans roaring on their man inside the stunning AT&T Stadium, the home of NFL giants the Dallas Cowboys.

This will be a huge celebration in this part of the world on a date that has become a regular big night in boxing, but Gallagher doesn’t want the home crowd swaying the judges.

“Boxing can be subjective at times with the scoring, but if Liam Smith lands on the target then score it,” Gallagher added.

“If Canelo throws and misses then don’t score it. Just because the crowd cheers doesn’t mean it has landed.

“I understand it is the atmosphere and the judges can get caught up in it. We go in to do our job, Alvarez goes in to do his and the judges should be honest.

“Don’t feel you have to give rounds to Alvarez because he is the home fighter. Just be honest because these kids are honest and they are putting their lives on the line.”


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