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A lot of things come down to your roots and how you’re brought up.
– Liam Smith
When I was 17 or 18, I realised I could do something with boxing.
Growing up with my brothers all boxing has stood me in good stead for nights like these. You should have seen some the fights we used to have in our front room.
Thompson is a typical American: wide feet, good jab; he’ll try to have a fight.
I won’t watch that Amir fight from now until I fight Alvarez. I’m not a blown up 147 or a Miguel Cotto. I’m a big 154 lb., and I’m coming of age and coming to win.
As soon as I get in a rhythm, I’m very hard to stop.
I can be the best light-middleweight in the world.
When I was fighting at a weekend, I would be in when my friends were out. I never had time to go out and go off the rails.
I’m confident a good Liam Smith beats a good John Thompson.
People say I’m not world level, but I haven’t fought at that class yet, so you can’t say that until I have.
I wanted to fight guys like Shane Moseley, Miguel Cotto, and Alvarez.
I don’t want to say ‘grateful.’ I don’t want to sound like I’m just coming for the opportunity and to say I boxed in front of this many people at AT&T Stadium. I’m coming there to win and bring the title back home.
Alvarez is the biggest name in boxing. I’m looking forward to pitting my wits against one of the best in the sport.
I’m world champion, so if I’m not ready for another fighter at 154, I don’t deserve to be world champion. That’s the way I look at it and what I firmly believe.
From my point of view, I am the underdog going into this fight. I’m not saying I’m not. But I’m the underdog because I haven’t fought at that level yet against anyone of Canelo’s level.
I remember when Joe Calzaghe fought Jeff Lacy, and there was all this hype about Lacy being some sort of unbeatable force, and Joe absolutely hammered him.
I’m so proud, and it feels brilliant to be a world champion.
Everyone breeds success off each other.
I need that fear factor in training; otherwise, I might get beat by someone I should never lose against, all because I couldn’t get up in the morning.
I’m expecting the best John Thompson. I’d be a fool to expect anything less.
Give me the respect I deserve.
If you ask anyone who my mum’s blue-eyed boy is, they will say it is me.
I’ve seen Thompson before, as I keep my eye on everyone in the division, as I might one day fight them.
I will look for the knockout because that’s the way I fight.
If you put a camera on the wall, you would laugh at some of the fights me and my brothers had.
I’ve been in the States and fought before. When I’m in that changing room, I’ll feel as if I’ve been in that situation before. Obviously I’m going to have to deal on the biggest stage, and it’s the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, but it doesn’t faze me.
My mum will never let me be anything but grounded.
I’m one win away from being a superstar.
Canelo’s the big name, but I am the champion going in… I took this fight. I’m not in a situation where I have nothing to lose in this fight. I’ve got a title to lose.
Kirkland and Khan are chinny fighters. I am not like that.