Eddie Hearn Makes Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders Official

Published 02/28/2021, 5:00 AM EST
Dublin , Ireland – 31 October 2017; Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn during a press conference at the Irish Film Institute, in Temple Bar, Dublin. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez began his 2021 fight calendar with a bang as he secured an exemplary win over ‘Mr. Robot’ Avni Yildirim. With this win, Canelo etched this fight into the history books, adding another feather to his cap. With a successful title defense under his belt, the Mexican wants to challenge the other champions of the 168-pound landscape. That said, he already has a date for his next fight. (May 8)

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Post-fight, Canelo’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, confirmed the latter’s next outing, wherein he’ll take on the WBO champion, Billy Joe Saunders, in a 12-round war.
Canelo agreed to fight Saunders before stepping inside the ring with Yildirim. However, the Matchroom boss made it official to lure one and all.

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Dan Rafael reported the same on his official Twitter handle.

In ring, @EddieHearn makes it official and announces Canelo vs. Saunders to unify on May 8, site TBA. Even had a video prepared. #boxing #CaneloYildirim #CaneloSaunders

— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) February 28, 2021

As expected, Canelo dispatched Yildirim in every department. He was already a favorite into this bout and the 30-year-old lived up to pre-fight expectations in a mighty way. In this title-defense encounter, Yildirim barely landed any significant shots on the champion and he took a knee in round 3.
Citing his condition, his corner agreed to stop the fight, giving Alvarez another T/KO finish.
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LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Moving further, Alvarez will now put his brilliance to test against the undefeated 168-pound stalwart, Billy Joe Saunders. Both of them want to establish themselves as the undisputed champion at this weight class. But, only one among the two can be adjudged as the same.

Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders – a clash for the ages

Though Billy Joe Saunders has remained undefeated in his extensive career span, he hasn’t faced someone as sturdy as Canelo. Despite that, Alvarez acknowledged ‘Superb’ as one stout prospect at his weight class and he will look to give it his all into this fight.

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This makes the fight extremely intriguing, as both the boxers are in their prime and will collide with each other to treat their fans. Furthermore, this bout will undeniably go down as the best super-middleweight fight in recent times.
Given their records and exuberant skill sets, the pair promises to give each other a stern test inside the ring. The winner of this bout will turn their attention to the other super middleweight belt holder, i.e. Caleb Plant.
Fans will mark the May 8 date on their calendars. In the next few days, a viable location for this encounter will get revealed by the Matchroom head, Eddie Hearn.

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Who will you be rooting for in this unification fight?

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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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