Billy Joe Saunders takes on Canelo Alvarez this Saturday night looking to shock the world with an upset victory over the super middleweight champion.
The Englishman remains undefeated entering the biggest fight of his career, with Canelo facing what looks to be the toughest challenge to his status as champion since facing rival Gennady Golvokin in back-to-back bouts in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Canelo is highly regarded as the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer and will be defending his WBC and WBA belts against his opponent on Saturday night with Saunders putting his WBO strap on the line.
In Canelo’s last outing we saw him dominate and defeat Avni Yildirim leading to the Turkish boxer’s corner throwing in the towel in the 3rd round.
While for Saunders, we last saw him putting on a clinic in his comfortable unanimous decision victory over Martin Murray back in December of last year as he defended his WBO title at the SSE Arena, Wembley, London.
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Entering this fight, Saunders will be full of confidence that he has the skillset to become only the second man to defeat Canelo after only Floyd Mayweather.
Saunders has been undertaking his final preparations for his title unification fight at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas.
As for Canelo, he will be eager to add yet another respected name to his long list of victims who have fallen to the talented champion.
The Englishman will hold advantages over the Mexican in both height (5’11” to 5’8″) and reach (71″ to 70″).
While in terms of boxing ability and experience, Canelo holds a clear advantage with his sharpness to mix up both head and body shots while walking his opponent down making him a horrifying opponent to have.
While for Saunders, his path to victory will consist of remaining light on his feet and using his ability to stay out of the range of Canelo to frustrate the 30-year-old.
It looks rather unlikely that Saunders stops Canelo inside the distance considering he has never been knocked down. However, Canelo’s power could mean quite the opposite for Saunders, should the Englishman struggle to make the step up in competition.
The fight itself will not take place in Las Vegas, where Canelo traditionally competes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the bout will be hosted in Texas at the AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys with over 60,000 fans expected to be in attendance!
UK boxing fans will be able to watch the fight at around 4 am GMT when the ring walks are expected to take place live on DAZN.