Canelo Alvarez will continue his bid to become the undisputed world super middleweight champion when he faces Billy Joe Saunders in Texas this weekend.
The Mexican is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet and goes into Saturday’s Cinco de Mayo showdown as the overwhelming favourite, with just a single defeat in his 58 fights to date (55-1-2). Victory for Canelo would see him add Saunders’ WBO belt to his WBA, WBC and The Ring super middleweight titles, and leave him chasing Caleb Plant’s IBF belt to unify the division.
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So will it be as straightforward for the 1/6 favourite as the bookmakers suggest? Perhaps not. Brit Saunders has gone perfect since turning professional in 2009 (30-0) and believes he has the tools to become just the second fighter to defeat Canelo after Floyd Mayweather stripped the Mexican of his undefeated record back in 2013.
Of course, a shock victory for Saunders would instead put him on a path to unifying the division and the 31-year-old is confident in his gameplan ahead of the bout. “This fight is all about the brain,” Saunders said. “Not about power, muscle or skill, it’s the brain and the gameplan, and being able to execute that game plan. I brush opinions off because I know what goes through my head and my mind, and what I have done in my career is through the will and want to win, and the day I lose that, I won’t put a pair of gloves on again.”
After a chaotic build-up, Canelo has now agreed to fight in a 22ft ring after a dispute over an initial smaller canvas which left Saunders threatening to pull out. A tighter ring would have played into Canelo’s explosive style, while Saunders’ relies on plenty of movement to outwit opponents. The Briton has won that battle, but who will win the war?
The main event ringwalks are expected to start around 4am on Sunday, May 9 (UK time).
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez: 55 wins (37 KOs), 1 loss (O KOs), 2 draws
Billy Joe Saunders: 30 wins (14 KOs), 0 losses (0 KOs), 0 draws.
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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders undercard
Live on DAZN from 1am on Sunday (UK time), with the main event ringwalks expected at around 4am.
The undercard for Canelo vs Saunders is filled with exciting bouts including a WBO junior flyweight matchup between Elwin Soto and Katsunari Takayama and British boxer Kieron Conway vs Souleymane Cissokho for the WBA inter-continental super-welterweight title.
- Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders (WBO, WBA, WBC, The Ring super-middleweight titles)
- Elwin Soto vs Katsunari Takayama (WBO light-flyweight title)
- Kieron Conway vs Souleymane Cissokho (WBA inter-continental super-welterweight title)
- Frank Sanchez vs Nagy Aguilera
- Christian Alan Gomez Duran vs Xavier Wilson
- Keyshawn Davis vs Jose Antonio Meza
- Marc Castro vs Irving Macias Castillo
- Kelvin Davis vs Jan Marsalek