Mike Tyson Shows Extreme Faith in Canelo in His Prediction for Billy Joe Saunders vs. Canelo Alvarez

Published 04/03/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
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)


Mike Tyson believes Canelo Alvarez will vanquish Billy Joe Saunders in their upcoming super-middleweight title clash. He admits that WBO 168 lbs champion Billy Joe Saunders is a prolific boxer, and an unbeaten world champion. However, akin to several fans, Tyson still favors Canelo Alvarez.

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The newly crowned WBC, WBA, and Ring 168 lbs champion Canelo Alvarez, is a four-division champion who is aiming to unify the titles at 168. That said, he will have to surpass Billy Joe Saunders on May 8 to add the WBO title on his shoulders.

Although Saunders has his fair chances of winning the fight, Mike Tyson predicted that he would lose in the first six minutes. In a quick conversation with ES News, ‘Iron’ Mike shed his opinion on the fight.

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“Two rounds, he might run though. He (Billy Joe Saunders) has good moves,” said Mike Tyson.

If Tyson’s prediction comes true, it will open the way for another super-middleweight title unification fight for Alvarez IBF champion Caleb Plant. The winner of Alvarez vs Saunders will carry four 168 lbs titles on their shoulders, aiming for the fifth one. So, it’s safe to state that the super middleweight division will soon see all its belts come under one stable.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez poses with his championship belts after 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 Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Golden Boy/Getty Images)
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The matchup will happen on May 8 at the AT&T Stadium with live attendance on board. The full fight card is yet to be determined. However, Matchroom Promotions along with Canelo Alvarez are looking to ensure that it is stacked right down to the opening bout.

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Both Alvarez and Saunders have been active in recent times with sensational wins under their name. 30-0 as a pro, Saunders bagged his last win against Martin Murray in December. While it ended his year-long inactivity, it also gave him some much-needed fight-time and experience ahead of the Alvarez bout.

Meanwhile, Canelo Alvarez has also fought frequently. He returned against Callum Smith for the super-middleweight titles in December. After winning, he defended the belts against Avni Yildirim in February. Now, he will look forward to expanding his reign by going after the WBO strap.

All these factors intensify the nearing battle and set the stage for the fans and to put their eyes on. Do you think Billy Joe Saunders has a chance against Canelo Alvarez?

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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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