HomeBoxingCanelo Alvarez Vs Billy Joe Saunders Official For 8th May
Canelo Alvarez Vs Billy Joe Saunders Official For 8th May
February 28, 2021
Canelo Alvarez promised to be busier in 2021 and fresh off his WBC, WBA 168 pound title defence, the Boxing Pound For Pound Star will turning his attention to an anticipated unification with Undefeated WBO Champion Billy Joe Saunders, which is scheduled for May 8th.
The fight was announced by Promoter Eddie Hearn following Canelo’s successful mandatory defence, which ended after the Mexican handed Yildirim three rounds of one sided beating at Miami Gardens on Saturday night.
Canelo announced, he plans on taking two unification fights in 2021 and with the Mandatory defence out of the way, will fully focus on those unification and that starts with Saunders, who meets him on the 8th of May at a yet to be determined venue. However, the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and AT&T Stadium in Arlington are both front runners for the event.
Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) , who has been actively training since his preparation for Callum Smith (27-1, 19 KOs), presently has no plans of putting his foot on the breaks as his fight with Saunders won’t afford him the luxury of a break and he won’t be definitely feeding off the easy victory over Yildirim.
Saunders will be preparing for the biggest fight of his career, when he takes on the Mexican, who is far more higher than Martin Murray (39-6-1, 17 KOs) , whom he defeated in his last outing back in December. The 2008 Olympic medalist walked away from Wembley with a unanimous decision.
Canelo will be looking to defeat Saunders in May, then move on to IBF 168 pound champ Celeb Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) in September in a fight that will have all the 168 pound titles at stake.
The fight with Saunders will definitely be more challenging than Canelo’s third round victory over Yildirim as the Brit is considered more skillful and smart than the Turk, coupled with the fact that he is undefeated.
Canelo had to fight Yildirim as the fight was part of an agreement he and Smith made with the WBC in the build up to their fight back in December. Prior to Canelo’s victory, Yildirim (21-3, 12 KOs) was previously only knocked out by England’s Chris Eubank Jr. (29-2, 22 KOs) , three years ago.