Mike Tyson on Billy Joe Saunders’ Chances Against Canelo Alvarez: ‘He’s Knocked Out Already’

Published 05/03/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
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)


Akin to the fans, Mike Tyson has his eyes on the nearing super-middleweight unification battle between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders on May 8. It’s a fight that will bring two elites against each other- quite a rare scenario in boxing.

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However, the P4P king, Alvarez, looks to have a better chance of winning. Although Billy Joe Saunders is undefeated, Alvarez’s experience and skill can still put him down. So, Mike Tyson has poured his opinion on the matchup in his Hotboxin’ podcast.

As Per Michael Benson’s tweet, ‘Iron’ Mike said, “He’s knocked out right now, he’s knocked out already, I swear. He’s knocked out.”

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The newly crowned WBC and WBA 168 lbs champion, Canelo Alvarez, has been highly active since returning to action. He ended his long layoff by beating Callum Smith for the world titles in December 2020.

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Now, the 30-year-old, who defended his belts by knocking out Avni Yildirim in February, will look forward to unifying the titles against Billy Joe Saunders later this week.

Already a 4-division champion, Alvarez holds an active resume of  55-1-2 in a nearly 16-year long career. If Canelo dismantles Billy Joe Saunders this weekend, it will add one more feather to his cap, allowing him to aim for an undisputed fight against IBF titlist, Caleb Plant. But will Saunders be an easy opponent?

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Whilst Mike Tyson may have written off Saunders, fans cannot afford to miss the fight. 30-0 as a pro, the Brit has 14 KOs, and two successful super-middleweight title defenses under his name. The southpaw pugilist is a two-division champion and a rightful challenger for Canelo Alvarez.

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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)

Additionally, Saunders has trained with the WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, which may have worked wonders with respect to his game. Furthermore, he can also look at Floyd Mayweather’s win over Alvarez to take down notes, as he seeks to join ‘Money’ as the only other man to vanquish Canelo.

Do you think Billy Joe Saunders will defeat Canelo Alvarez? Or will Mike Tyson’s words come true?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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