Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders Agree for a Fight Date

Published 01/28/2021, 11:14 PM EST
Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) celebrates after defeating Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


The pound-for-pound king of boxing, Canelo Alvarez, wants to compensate for his lackluster run of 2020. He looks pretty keen on the same when one considers his quick turnaround. On February 27, he’ll step inside the squared circle to defend his multiple 168-pound titles. Post that, he’ll look to challenge Britain’s WBO 168-pound champion in May 2021.

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As per ESPN Ringside’s sources, if Canelo gets past Avni Yildirim in his title defense on February 27, he’ll unquestionably confront Saunders in early May. With a title defense and title-shot challenge in hand already, the Mexican boxer has established his plans at the super-middleweight roster.

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In his last outing to the ring, Canelo Alvarez crucified Callum Smith in a 12-round war. The Mexican boxer was on the driver’s seat throughout those 36 mins and kept sheer control of the ring. It was one of his most accomplished career performances that night.

With a win over Smith, Alvarez solidified his spot at the highly stacked division.

Facing a rugged champion like Saul Alvarez will be Saunders’ toughest test to date. The undefeated boxer has maintained his exuberant streak with an eye-catchy 30-0 track record. ‘Superb’ defended his title in December 2020 against the veteran Martin Murray. Ever since that win, he has shown keen interest in taking on a resilient contender like Alvarez to carve his own legacy.

The fight between the duo promises to be a cracker of a contest and probably the best fight in the super-middleweight division.

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Can Canelo Alvarez add another feather to his cap?

Canelo Alvarez is one of the most prominent boxing stars present today. His work ethic and hard work have made him a flamboyant face of boxing. At 30 years of age, the Mexican boxer is going super-strong in his boxing run and is envisioning himself as the undisputed 168-pound king by year-end.

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Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) and Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Saul Alvarez has the WBA and WBC belts under his wing now. If he gets past Yildirim in his next fight and then beats Saunders, he’ll then add one more strap to his name from the 168-pound roster.

It will be intriguing to see how Alvarez maintains his supreme run throughout this year. As he racks up the wins, he will face even bigger challenges ahead.

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Who will you root for in a battle between Saunders and Alvarez?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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