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                                      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Junior middleweight world titleholder Liam Smith and Canelo Alvarez both weighed in at the division limit of 154 pounds on Friday afternoon at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, ahead of their HBO PPV main event on Saturday night (9 ET). Womens Nike Air Max 2018 .Mexicos Alvarez, the lineal middleweight champion, vacated his sanctioning body belt to move down in weight to challenge Englands Smith for his title rather than negotiate a deal with unified middleweight titleholder (and mandatory challenger) Gennady Golovkin in what would be boxings biggest fight.Hes a very good fighter, a very tough fighter, Alvarez said of Smith after stepping off the scale. Thats what we prepared for, to give Mexico a beautiful victory [on Mexican Independence Day weekend]. Hes a very strong fighter and he likes to engage and thats what I like because it guarantees the fans a great fight.There were questions about whether Alvarez would be able to make 154 pounds because he has been fighting at his preferred catchweight of 155 pounds for the past several fights and generally looks drained even making that weight.Flanked by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Alvarez was as light as 154 for the first time since he weighed 152 pounds for his lone career loss, a decision to Floyd Mayweather in their title unification fight in September 2013.Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs), 26, was 154? pounds for his knockout of the year against James Kirkland in May 2015.Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs), 28, who will be defending his world title for the third time, will be fighting in the United States for the first time.Were good professionals and we made weight, Smith said. Ill bring it out of him if he struggled to make weight. If he [starts fast], thats a massive mistake because Im going nowhere in this fight.Philadelphia middleweight Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) and Willie Monroe Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs), of Rochester, New York, both former world title challengers, both made weight for their 12-round co-feature. Rosado weighed 159? pounds and Monroe was 158? for a fight that could propel the winner into a Dec. 10 bout against Alvarez, should he defeat Smith.During the staredown after they made weight, Rosado shoved Monroe hard in the chest and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, the former six-division titleholder and Hall of Famer, immediately stepped in to keep the situation from escalating.He was talking some smack, so Ill take care of it, Rosado said. He dont want a war but thats what it will be Saturday night. We come to bring the pain.Monroe seemed unfazed by Rosados actions.He do what he do, Monroe said. Hes got 12 rounds tomorrow. Its not personal.The four fighters in the other two pay-per-view bouts also made weight.Featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. (21-0, 12 KOs), a 2012 U.S. Olympian from South El Monte, California, was 125?, a half-pound under the weight limit, and Andrew Cancio (17-3-2, 13 KOs), of Blythe, California, was 126. Cancio needed a second attempt to make weight, initially weighing 126? pounds. He left the scale for a few minutes, came back and stripped nude and made weight -- and then his handlers accidentally dropped the sheet and Cancio flashed the thousands of fans in attendance.Junior featherweight Diego De La Hoya (15-0, 9 KOs), of Mexico, (Oscar De La Hoyas first cousin) and Puerto Ricos Luis Orlando Del Valle (22-2, 16 KOs) both weighed 121? pounds. White Nike Air Max 2018 .Y. - Jerome Samson scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the St. Black Nike Air Max 2018 . -- Arizona raced out to a big lead and did not back off, hitting the accelerator instead. . - Chris Tierney snapped a tie with a power-play goal late in the third period as the London Knights rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Erie Otters 5-3 in Ontario Hockey League action on Wednesday. NEW YORK -- Parity is a prickly little creature to genuinely warm up to sometimes in sports. For all the wishing and waiting over the years for some new faces to rise up and reliably trouble Serena Williams like her sister Venus or Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters used to, the truth is Williams hold on the sport has elevated womens tennis to places its never been.Williams dominance is what made Germanys Angelique Kerber realize if she was ever going to win majors, she had to hunker down and change in dramatic ways and become even fitter, tougher and mentally stronger. Just better in every way.Karolina Pliskova, the upstart across the net from Kerber in their riveting three-set US Open final Saturday, in recent weeks came to understand the same thing.In the end, what their final came down to was a classic clash of styles and a case of the Player of the Year trumping the Player of the Month. Kerber, a three-time Grand Slam finalist in 2016, was already set to eclipse Serena for the No. 1 ranking come Monday morning even if she hadnt outlasted Pliskova, the hottest player in the sport these past three weeks, for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory that played out Saturday afternoon in sweltering 90-degree heat.But this was about more than just one match. There was a point deep in the third set when their showdown was so good and the switchbacks so hard to predict, you found yourself hoping both of these players can find a way to stick around at the top, troubling Williams at tournaments to come, finding new things in their own games, going to more places theyve never been. Because if this is the level at which womens tennis is going to stay long after Serena, who turns 35 on Sept. 26, is gone, the sport will be in a fascinating place.Williams has been displaced at No. 1 now and then -- by the likes of Victoria Azarenka or Maria Sharapova, who are both off the tour now. But until Kerber, no one has shown the staying power to stitch a few major wins together, let alone established herself as Serenas heir apparent the way Roger Federer so clearly did when he was first chasing Pete Sampras.The dynamic in the womens game during Williams reign is similar to what Federers countryman, Stan Wawrinka, described Friday as the mood in the mens game: Players felt they were going to lose before they ever took the court.Thats not the feeling in womens tennis anymore. Not after this year. Kerber beat Williams in the Australian Open final. Garbine Muguruza beat Williams in the French Open final. Williams beat Kerber for the title at Wimbledon. Then Pliskova beat Serena in the semifinals here, and had Kerber on the run until red-lining in the last two games of the match.In the end it was New Faces 3, Serena 1. But it was interesting to watch -- just in a different way than Williams extraordinary ruun to three of the four Slam titles last year. Cheap Nike Air Max 2018. I think its a nice change, Pliskova said, as you might expect.I think Im ready to have this pressure [of being No. 1] on my shoulders, Kerber said after their match. I think I get used to all of this, especially after my first Grand Slam in Australia. I had so much pressure after the title. Being No. 1, of course, now everybody will try to beat me and have nothing to lose.I will try to take this challenge.At 28, Kerber isnt exactly a new face in tennis. But she is a new presence at the top. It will be interesting to see how Williams responds to chasing her down now because this is different too: Unlike some of the other times Williams lost the No. 1 ranking, it didnt happen this time because of Williams injuries or indifference.Kerber took it from her by cobbling together a great nine months.And Pliskova? She felt like a revelation here even more than Muguruza did at the French Open. Muguruza played some fearless, powerful tennis that day, but hasnt been able to back it up much since. Just as her title did, the 24-year-old Pliskovas tear to the championship in Cincinnati three weeks ago, and the final here at the Open, raised the question, what took her so long to make this kind of breakthrough?Pliskovas serve and booming forehand give her two of the best weapons in the game. The story making the rounds during her 13-match winning streak she rode into Saturdays final was Pliskova was finally so sick of losing in general, and never getting past the third round of a major in particular after losing early again at Wimbledon in July, she canceled her plans to go to the Olympics for the Czech Republic. She decided instead to concentrate on preparing for the US Open and summer hard-court season in the States. Now look at her.Pliskovas game has the sort of amplitude that draws gasps from the crowd. Her arms and legs are so long, she actually looks taller than her listed height of 6-foot-1, and shes not only powerful -- its an easy power she brings. Her serve sits between 110 and 115 mph and she rarely looks like shes straining to snap off any of her shots. You only get a sense of how hard shes actually hitting from the crack of the ball off her racket, and then the way it accelerates off the bounce and hurries out of reach. Against Kerber, she won 28 of her 38 points at the net, something shes trying to add to her game.If Kerber really is up to the challenge of defending her No. 1 ranking and Pliskova can build on this eye-opening run, they wont be one-year or one-month blips. They could help keep Serenas final years in tennis more fascinating than anyone projected when this year began. 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