Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders Set For May 8

Published 02/03/2021, 12:16 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


The pound-for-pound king of boxing, Canelo Alvarez wants to solidify his run at the super-middleweight division. This is principally why he’s rooting for resilient contenders. Alvarez will step into the ring on February 27 to defend his 168-pound straps against Avni Yildirim. Post that he’ll challenge ‘Superb’ for his WBO belt.

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In December 2020, Alvarez crucified Callum Smith to cement himself at the most stacked division and will look to continue on his path of dominance.

Mike Coppinger reported this on his Twitter handle. He also gave information on the super-lightweight unification bout between Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez.

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Saunders has expressed his interest in competing with Canelo and seems like his dream is finally getting fulfilled. Moreover, this fight comes with extremely high risks and high rewards. ‘Superb’ has earned an enormous pot of gold, and he’ll look ahead to join Floyd Mayweather as the only men to beat the Mexican.

On the flip side, Canelo is in a league of his own. He makes sure he is a champion in every division he enters. He’ll be looking to get past Yildirim in his next bout, to capture Saunders’ belt on May 8.

Alvarez wants to remain super-active this year to compensate for his long in-ring-hiatus for 2020. If he succeeds in both battles, he’ll undeniably get aligned against Caleb Plant by year-end for the undisputed super-middleweight belt.

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Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders, the best matchup at 168-pound division?

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

Saul Alvarez will be the toughest opponent in Saunders’ extensive boxing career. The Brit edges over the Mexican in height and reach, but underestimating the latter can create a tremendous problem for him inside the ring. However, both of them complement each other extremely well in terms of style.

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But, Alvarez will unquestionably have an upper hand in this fight due to his rich experience inside the squared circle.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Billy Joe Saunders defeats Willie Munroe Jr for the WBO World Middleweight Title fight at Copper Box Arena on September 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Leigh Dawney/Getty Images)

‘Superb’ will have to dig in real deep to provide a stern test to Canelo. If he pulls off a win by any means, it will go down in the history books as one of boxing’s biggest upsets.

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Who will you support in a fight between Alvarez and 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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