Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders Scorecards Reveal the Reality of the Fight

Published 05/09/2021, 12:59 AM EDT

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Canelo Alvarez was fortunate to have stopped Billy Joe Saunders in round eight of their 12-rounds headliner for the WBO, WBC, WBA, and Ring super middleweight titles. But it wasn’t a walk in the park for the P4P king.

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Alvarez had to push his limits and seemingly had a tough fight against a southpaw elite in Billy Joe Saunders. WBO champion (then) Saunders unleashed his best side and troubled Alvarez for a brief period. He even advanced himself on the judges’ boards, turning it into a hard fight for the Mexican superstar.

Meanwhile, Canelo Alvarez kept his composure and didn’t rush into exchanges. Despite suffering some serious adversary, he stuck to the game plan and successfully planted the bigger shots in round eight. However, the fight could have seen a different outcome, if it had gone to the judges’ scorecards.

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During the time of stoppage, Saunders was still close to Alvarez and had a legitimate chance of securing the win. Matchroom Promotions revealed the score via social media. Per Twitter, Glenn Feldman was favoring Alvarez with 78-74. Meanwhile, the other two judges also favored the P4P king with 77-75 and 78-74, respectively.

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Both men appeared sharp at the AT&T stadium. While Saunders is no longer the champion, he can still aim for another run. ‘Superb’, who has earned a lot of appraisals from the boxing fans tonight, can return to action shortly after the scratchy loss.

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Meanwhile, Canelo Alvarez will seemingly opt for another unification battle in the coming days. All he needs to become undisputed is ‘Sweethands’ IBF belt. Hence, a showdown against Caleb Plant might be next for him.

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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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