Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders: Fight Analysis and Prediction

Published 05/07/2021, 8:00 AM EDT


Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders are all charged up to battle each other out in a fierce 12-round war for the unified super-middleweight championship. Also, the winner will line himself up for an undisputed title clash against ‘Sweethands’ Caleb Plant.

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The last time Saunders made a ring walk was against the veteran Martin Murray in December 2020. Here, the Brit successfully defended his WBO 168-pound title for the second time in sensational fashion.

‘Superb’ is one watch-worthy talent in the boxing universe, and until now he’s proven his class to one and all. He’s fought several rugged opponents, but in order to signify his legacy, Billy Joe Saunders will have to confront the likes of Canelo Alvarez and more.

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That said, ever since his last fight, ‘Superb’ has asked for an exuberant opponent/fight to escalate his game to another level. And no one better than Canelo Alvarez can present a stern test to the Hertfordshire native who’s in his sheer prime.

Alvarez, on the other hand, is looking at the wider picture. He wants to conquer all the super-middleweight belts on the line. And in order to achieve that feat, the Mexican will have to vanquish Saunders.

In his last bout, Saul Alvarez annihilated Avni Yildirim, defended his 168-pound titles, and cemented his plans to stay at this weight class for long. However, his ultimate test at this weight category lies in a fight against Saunders, and it’ll be interesting to see how he fares in that bout.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders – fight analysis

Although Billy Joe Saunders has fought some fantastic contenders, he certainly hasn’t faced someone as elite as Canelo.

The Mexican fighter is one of the best defensive boxers present today and he enjoys taking his fights to the final bell. However, Alvarez also looks for that one mistake from his opponent to close the show as early as possible.

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On the other hand, Saunders, who is a good counter puncher, has enough stamina to stay composed for the full 36 minutes. But his defense might put him in a vulnerable position against Alvarez as the former isn’t really good with defending shots.

Despite that, Saunders can make good use of his height (5’11”) and reach (71”) against Alvarez’s height (5’8”) and reach (70½”).

Moving further, with all the stats put on paper, we’re going with the favorite Canelo Alvarez to win this fight comfortably.

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Prediction: Canelo Alvarez wins via UD. 

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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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