Canelo Alvarez Hammers Billy Joe Saunders’ Eye to Claim a Stoppage Win

Published 05/09/2021, 12:09 AM EDT
May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Canelo Alvarez (teal trunks) and Billy Joe Saunders (blue green trunks) during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The super-middleweight title unification encounter between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders certainly lived up to the buzz created around it. Both the pugilists rolled out an enigmatic show and thrilled the fight fans. However, the favorite, Canelo Alvarez, came right on top in this fight to claim an RTD win in round 8.

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In the initial rounds, ‘Superb’ stayed sharp with his movements. Meanwhile, the Mexican boxer took a backseat and tried to analyze Saunders’ movements. But in round 2, Canelo picked up the pace and even landed some powerful right hands on Saunders’ face and body.

Throughout the fight, Billy Joe Saunders kept a wide stance and used the full ring space to dodge some of Canelo’s mighty shots. With time, Canelo settled into the rhythm and only got comfortable as the fight moved ahead. Saunders, however, kept Alvarez on his toes and fought with supreme confidence.

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Both the sturdy super-middleweights gave each other a rugged outing. But it was the Jalisco native who showcased his worth yet again to add a sensational win to his name.

Saunders and Alvarez kept the fans on their toes until the stoppage. Despite Alvarez having a minor reach disadvantage, he didn’t let the same hamper his performance. Out of all the rounds that took place, round 8 turned out to be the best for Canelo, who struck the British boxer with a few cosmic shots, leaving him wobbled.

Succumbing to a few terrifying strikes in round 8, Saunders suffered a swollen eye. Consequently, to save him from further damage, his corner waved off the fight.

Canelo Alvarez all set to face Caleb Plant?

Ever since the 30-year-old moved up to the super-middleweight roster, his sole aim was to conquer all the belts at this weight class.

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May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Canelo Alvarez (teal trunks) and Billy Joe Saunders (blue green trunks) during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Fight by fight, Alvarez dispatched his contemporaries to solidify his run at this weight class. Now, there is only one man left between him and undisputed glory.

That said, Alvarez, who has now improved to a whopping 56 wins, is all set to take on the IBF champ, Caleb Plant, for a gigantic undisputed championship bout.

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On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate Canelo’s performance against Billy Joe Saunders?

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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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