Eddie Hearn: Canelo Alvarez Says Billy Joe Saunders is Tough For 3 Rounds

Published 03/06/2021, 5:00 AM EST
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 04: Promoter, Eddie Hearn speaks to the media during the Clash On The Dunes Press Conference at the Diriyah Season Hospitality Lounge on December 04, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez’s next fight against Billy Joe Saunders has already turned into the talk of the town. It is set to be the most electrifying clash in the 168-pound category. The hype behind this contest is insane as there are multiple titles on the line and the winner of this bout will cement himself as the best super-middleweight.

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This might be Canelo Alvarez’s toughest fight at this weight class, but he seems extremely composed and untroubled. His promoter, Eddie Hearn, was in an interview at The AK & Barak Show. In a chat on air, he unveiled Canelo Alvarez‘s mindset for the Billy Joe Saunders fight.

“I said to him Billy Joe Saunders is a tough fight. And he’s like, yeah for 3 rounds he’d go like this and you know like. And his English so underrated. I said but it won’t be easy work like Yildirim. He says Yildirim was easy work. Callum Smith was easy work, Billy Joe Saunders is easy work,” said Hearn.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez during his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Despite Saunders being undefeated, Alvarez cited him as an ‘easy work’. Hence, it is a sign of how confident he is of outboxing ‘Superb’ to register yet another sensational win and add the WBO belt to his collection.

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Can Canelo Alvarez overpower Billy Joe Saunders?

Canelo Alvarez has displayed impeccable performances in his last couple of fights. In December 2020, he annihilated the lanky Callum Smith for 12-rounds straight and won comfortably.

Moving ahead, he fought the Turkish boxer, Avni Yildirim, and it took just three rounds for him to dispatch ‘Mr. Robot’.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Billy Joe Saunders (red/white/blue shorts) and Marceleo Coceres (not pictured) exchange punches during their WBO World Super-Middleweight Championship fight at Staples Center on November 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Saunders won after the fight was stopped in the 11th round. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Saul Alvarez is abruptly in his prime, and he’ll be only thrilled to fight someone like Saunders at this stage of his career. However, underestimating ‘Superb’ might not bode well for the unified super-middleweight champion, as Saunders has crushed all his opponents to cement his spot in this weight class. And he’ll look to provide a stern test to Alvarez in this fight.

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No matter who wins or loses, the combat sports fraternity is in for a real treat with this fight on the cards for May 8.

What do you make of Eddie Hearn’s comments?

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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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