Billy Joe Saunders (30-0, 14KO) will finally get his long-awaited opportunity to be called the best in the world when he faces Mexican megastar Canelo Alvarez (55-1-2, 37KO) this Sunday morning.
Saunders will be pitting his WBO Super Middleweight title against Canelo's WBA and WBC belts when the pair clash in front of 70,000 fans in the AT&T stadium in Texas. It will be the biggest boxing crowd since the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world.
Canelo vs Saunders | DAZN
Saunders has been calling out Canelo for many a moon now and will want to finally show that he is indeed the best 168lb fighter in the world. The WBO Super Middleweight champion was originally calling out Canelo when he was a WBO Middleweight champion. He first became world champion way back in 2015 when he wrestled the title off of teak tough Irishman Andy Lee via a majority decision. His career since then has been relatively frustrating.
Two low key title defences against Artur Akavov and Willie Monroe Jr. followed before he went over to Canada to completely dominate former world champion David Lemieux in a performance which has widely been accepted to be the best of the unbeaten Englishman’s career. A disappointing year out of the ring due to injuries and a disputed case of a stimulant found to be in Saunders' system saw his fight with Demetrius Andrade cancelled whilst also seeing his world title run come to an end. The traveller ballooned up to Light-Heavyweight for his return bout when he stopped Charles Adamu in four rounds.
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Saunders captured a vacant world title at Super Middleweight when he defeated Shefat Isufi on points in an uninspiring showing which saw him become a two-weight world champion. Another poor showing followed when he was dragged into deep waters by unheralded Argentinian Marcelo Esteban Coceres before stopping him in the 11th round. A title defence against an over the hill Martin Murray followed and then came the call for the Canelo clash.
Canelo Alvarez needs no introduction. The four-weight world champion looks unstoppable since his defeat to Floyd Mayweather back in 2013. He is a former Junior Middleweight, Middleweight and Light Heavyweight champion as well as the reigning WBC and WBA Super Middleweight champion. Canelo has been red hot recently with wins over Callum Smith, Sergey Kovalev, Avni Yildrim and Daniel Jacobs in his last four fights.
Records to date | The Sun
Canelo has become something of a bogeyman for British fighters. He holds a hugely impressive 6-0 (KO 4) against fighters on this side of the pond. The aforementioned Callum Smith, Amir Khan, Liam Smith, Matthew Hatton, Rocky Fielding and Ryan Rhodes have all fallen to the cinnamon haired crusher in his career.
Saunders will be hoping that he can fair better than those who went before him.
This is the chance the WBO king has been craving. Lack of major contests have plagued the 30-0 man's career. His biggest wins are over the likes of Lemieux and Eubank Jr, both of which are four and seven years ago respectively. These two names pale in comparison to Canelo's resume which possesses the likes Gennady Golovkin x2, Erislandy Lara and Miguel Cotto to name a few.
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Saunders will have to step his game up to heights he has never seen before and whether he can do that will remain to be seen. The WBO champ does strike as the type to step up his game depending on the competition. Don’t forget, this is the same man who looked uninspired and overly uninterested against Willie Monroe and then in his very next fight put on a masterclass against the hard-hitting and dangerous Lemieux.