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51,240 watch Canelo Alvarez score TKO over Liam Smith

A crowd of 51,240 watched the Canelo Alvarez claim the WBO junior middleweight world championship with a ninth round, technical knockout over Liam Smith at AT&T Stadium Saturday night.
A crowd of 51,240 watched the Canelo Alvarez claim the WBO junior middleweight world championship with a ninth round, technical knockout over Liam Smith at AT&T Stadium Saturday night. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former boxing great-turned-promoter Oscar De La Hoya were expecting a big crowd for the Canelo Alavarez-Liam Smith Junior Middleweight Championship Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

And they got it.

A stadium-record boxing crowd of 51,240 watched Alvarez scored a ninth-round, technical knockout over Smith.

For perspective, in 2010 Manny Pacquiao defended his WBO World Welterweight Championship by beating Joshua Clottey in front of a crowd of 50,944. Pacquiao returned in 2012 to beat Antonio Margarito in a WBC Super Welterweight title fight in front of a crowd of 41,734.

In 2013, Alvarez’s match against Austin Trout at the Alamodome in San Antonio drew a crowd of 39,243.

Now the question is who will be in the next mega-fight at AT&T Stadium?

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