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On September 17th Canelo Alvarez steps back into the ring at AT&T Stadium (better known as the home of the Dallas Cowboys) to take on Liam Smith. Let’s be honest here folks. No one was really clamoring for this fight. Yet, believe it or not it does have significance. Here are five reasons why Canelo vs. Smith matters.

1. It’s Mexican Independence Day Weekend

This weekend is serious business for Latino fight fans. A tradition started by Julio Cesar Chavez, his relentless style of attack, made this holiday weekend worthy of gathering family and friends together to watch his matches – a legacy that all Mexican boxers strove to live up to. Oscar De La Hoya took up the mantle after Chavez, with fights against Chavez himself, Felix Trinidad and Bernard Hopkins. Yet, since De La Hoya’s reign the dominance of Mexican fighters on this particular weekend has waned. A notion not lost on Canelo, as he stated “getting to fight at the AT&T Stadium in Texas is a huge privilege for me and my career. Fighting on this weekend is powerful because it tells the story of Mexicans all over, making a win even more important.”

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