Smith To Spar Cotto In Preparation For Canelo Clash

By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)

Liam Smith may well have won a world title a matter of hours ago but he will now be focusing on his next task.

The Liverpool lad stopped America’s John Thompson inside seven rounds on Saturday to make history and become the first of the fighting family to take home global honours.

But Smith, 27, won’t rest on his laurels after his greatest night as a pro and is set to now go and help another world champion prepare for his next fight.

‘Beefy’, who picked up the vacant WBO super welterweight crown against the New Jersey man at Manchester Arena will head away from his comfort zone, Stateside, to help Miguel Cotto ahead his showdown with Saúl ‘Canelo’ Alvárez.

Cotto, from Puerto Rico, is slated to face the Mexican former world champion in a defence of his WBC middleweight strap at New York’s Madison Square Garden on November 21 and has enlisted the help of Britain’s newest world champion –– and Liverpool’s first in 22 years –– to help him finalise the tactics.

“That was always the plan [to go out and spar Cotto,” said Smith after being crowned a world ruler.

But Smith, who had his finest hour seven years to the day he made his pro bow, doesn’t see it as him going to help Cotto; he sees it as a learning experience for himself.

“I got asked to do that a while back and with a bit of luck that will come off again and it can only help me.

“I’d love to spar him. He’s been a multi-weight world champion for years and has got a massive fight coming up, so I can test myself against him and see where I’m at there.”

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