Event :Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders
Date: Saturday, May 8
Undercard: 5:20 p.m. ET/10:20 p.m. BST
Main card: 8 p.m. ET/1 a.m. BST
Main event: 11 p.m. ET/4 a.m. BST
Billy Joe Saunders will bid to shock the world next month by dethroning pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez in a huge unification bout.
Saunders, who is undefeated in 30 fights, will throw down with the hard-hitting Mexican in an eagerly-anticipated super-middleweight title unification bout.
Canelo retained his WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring super-middleweight titles in February when he breezed past Turkey’s Avni Yildirim.
It took his record to an incredible 55 wins and he’ll now be looking to claim another and add more gold to his collection.
But Britain’s Sanders, a close friend of WBC heavyweight heavyweight Tyson Fury, is the WBO champion and is confident of upsetting the odds and beating the great Canelo.
In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Saunders said: “I’d give up my life and say goodbye to my kids to beat Canelo – this means everything to me.”
On Tuesday, Saunders was threatening to call off the fight and fly home from Texas because he was “unhappy” with the ring dimensions.
The 31-year-old has since confirmed, however, that the dispute has now been “sorted” and added: “The ring is not a problem – thumbs up.”
Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders prediction
Though you might find Saunders’ schtick obnoxious, he’s a talented boxer, perhaps the best pure boxer Alvarez has faced since Lara seven years ago. Maybe Alvarez will struggle with Saunders in the first few rounds, but midway through the fight, Alvarez will take over and begin overwhelming Saunders. I suspect Alvarez will try hard for the KO in this fight, and by the ninth round, he’ll get it.
CANELO VS. SAUNDERS FULL CARD
- Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders for Alvarez’s WBC and WBA Super Middleweight titles and Saunders’ WBO Super Middleweight title
- Elwin Soto vs. Katsunari Takayama for Soto’s WBO Junior Flyweight title
- Kieron Conway vs. Souleymane Cissokho; Junior Middleweights
- Frank Sanchez vs. Nagy Aguilera; Heavyweights
- Marc Castro vs. Irving Macias Castillo; Junior Lightweights
- Keyshawn Davis vs. Jose Antonio Meza; Lightweights
- Christian Alan Gomez Duran vs. Xavier Wilson; Welterweights
- Kelvin Davis vs. Jan Marsalek; Welterweights
Saul Canelo Alvarez record and bio
- Nationality: Mexican
- Born: July 18, 1990
- Height: 5′ 8″
- Reach: 70.5 inches
- Total fights: 58
- Record: 55-1-2 (37 knockouts)
Billy Joe Saunders record and bio
- Nationality: British
- Born: August 30, 1989
- Height: 5′ 11″
- Reach: 71 inches
- Total fights: 30
- Record: 30-0 (14 knockouts)Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders fight card