Canelo Alvarez Last Fight With Billy Joe Saunders: Results, PPV Buys, Purses, Scorecards, Punch Stats, and Full Fight

Published 09/06/2021, 11:37 PM EDT
May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez celebrates defeating Billy Joe Saunders during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Canelo Alvarez put on a masterclass earlier this May. The Mexican fighter effortlessly dispatched the British WBO champion in eight rounds of fighting. The fight was for the unification of the world super-middleweight titles. Canelo derailed the Saunders hype train with ease.

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Although they haven’t disclosed the PPV buys for the event, the event was very successful, with over 70,000 fans watching live at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The fight was officially recorded as the largest indoor boxing event in US history.

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Canelo Alvarez reportedly earned $35million from his unification clash with Billy Joe Saunders, with the Brit making $7m. This amount is what both the fighters would earn guaranteed. The amount would definitely have gone up because of the record in-person attendance and the PPV buys.

Billy Joe Saunders started off the fight strongly as Alvarez was measuring up his opponent. From the third round onwards, Alvarez took over and kept landing solid hooks to the body of Saunders. The Brit got a taste of the Mexican’s incredible power, but acted unfazed.

As the rounds went on, Alvarez out-landed Saunders during the fight and landed 73 of 206 punches (35.4%), with Saunders landing 60 of 284 (21.1%) according to CompuBox. Throughout the fight, Alvarez landed 52.7% of his power punches.

During the fight, every powerful punch Canelo landed was greeted by roars from the raucous crowd at the stadium. The last punch to end the fight came in the middle of the ring as Alvarez unleashed a right uppercut. Saunders, in an attempt to duck a punch, ducked right into the uppercut and suffered an orbital bone injury.

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Following round 8, as he could not see clearly, his corner did not let him fight. Hence, Canelo Alvarez won the fight via RTD and added another belt to his name.

What’s next for Canelo Alvarez? 

Canelo Alvarez will now look to make history in an attempt to become the undisputed champion at 168 pounds. He will take on Caleb Plant for the IBF title to become the first undisputed king at 168 pounds.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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