It’s time for some big-time boxing on a massive stage. Unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez will put his pair of titles on the line against WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders in a blockbuster main event inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday night (8 p.m. on DAZN, sign up now). Alvarez is dogged in his pursuit of becoming an undisputed champion in the 168-pound division and has just two more titles to collect and seal his fate among the sport’s all-time greats.
Central to what the fight will actually look like is whether Saunders (30-0-1, 14 KOs) presents just another challenge in a line of necessary hurdles needing cleared for Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) to become the division’s undisputed champion or whether the brash southpaw from the U.K. actually represents much more as the key protagonist in a potential trap-fight scenario for boxing’s pound-for-pound best fighter.
Billy Joe Saunders has done his job injecting controversy into Saturday night’s fight vs. Canelo Alvarez. Saunders has complained about the nationalities of the judges who will be scoring the fight. He’s threatened to walk away from the bout because of the size of the ring. Members of his team have mocked Alvarez, who already has two of the super middleweight belts and will try to take Saunders’ 168-pound title. Yet, Alvarez probably will be the one to take over once the opening-round bell rings. Here’s everything you need to know about Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders, including the odds, their records and a prediction on who will win.
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It’s unclear if Saunders’ penchant for distraction and trash talking will have an effect on Alvarez. But considering Alvarez is one of the strongest fighters in the game, mentally and physically, that seems unlikely.
This is a fight that Saunders has been chasing for several years and now the controversial two-weight world champion has his eyes firmly fixed on what he believes will be among the biggest upsets the sport has seen for 20 years, with the contest going ahead as planned following a tedious row over the size of the ring.
For the great Canelo, meanwhile, this bout is a key step on his quest for 168-pound domination as the heralded four-weight world champion looks to add Saunders’ WBO belt to his WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring titles.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders are set for a blockbuster showdown in Texas tonight. The 12-round super-middleweight unification bout tops a big-time boxing bill that will be streamed exclusively on DAZN which you can access through your browser or DAZN apps on TV and mobile. Can Canelo become a three-belt holder at 168lbs? Follow our guide on how to watch a Canelo vs Saunders free live stream, from anywhere in the world.
The bookmakers disagree – as does ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. The tiger-hugging pigeon fancier claims Saunders is “already knocked out”. Perhaps he missed Saunders’ demolition of Chris Eubank Jr?