The week of Cinco de Mayo will feature Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defending his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight Super Championship this Saturday against the tough Billy Joe Saunders at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Arlington, in a unification bout on May 8th.
Canelo, both as a world figure in boxing and a Mexican warrior, has tried to become the icon of this special date for Mexican people and appear in the ring every first week of May. Back in 2020 it was not possible due to the pandemic but now it will be a much more special occasion to put his WBA and WBC belts on the line against WBO champion Saunders.
The Guadalajara-born fighter will be making his second fight of the year against the Briton fighter. Alvarez has set his goal to win all the 168 lbs. belts and so he began his 2021 plan with a fight against Turkey’s Avni Yildirim, which led to his challenge against Saunders, another step forward in his objective.
This fight is a major step up in level for Alvarez. Saunders is one of the sharpest fighters in the division, he is a southpaw and his intelligence makes him a tough opponent for Canelo’s style.
Saunders, who is 31 years old, is a contemporary of Alvarez’s 30 years; however, he is 180 cm and the the Mexican is 173 cm.
All promotional activities will take place this week leading up to the event hosted by Matchroom Boxing in the U.S. Alvarez has 55 wins, 1 loss, 2 draws, and 37 KOs. Saunders, on the other hand, is undefeated in 30 fights, with 14 KOs.