With the WBC and WBA Super Middleweight belts around his waist, Canelo Alvarez aims to unify the division by the end of the year. First, however, he’ll have to win the WBO title from undefeated spoiler Billy Joe Saunders tonight (Saturday, May 8, 2021) in a main event broadcast by DAZN, which will emanate from inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE coverage of tonight’s main event below. the DAZNstreaming (watch it here) kicks off at 8 p.m. ET, with Alvarez and Saunders likely to approach 11 p.m. ET.
Alvarez, a former unified middleweight champion who played in higher weight classes, officially started a full-time tenure at 158 pounds with his dominance of title-winning Callum Smith in December 2020 (see highlights) . After sending in mandatory WBC challenger Avni Yildirim (watch highlights), he now turns to fellow middleweight emigrant Saunders, who defended his title with wins over Marcelo Coceres and Martin Murray.
Earlier in the evening, Elwin “La Pulga” Soto puts his WBO Light Flyweight title on the line against Japanese star Katsunari Takayama, Super Welterweight Kieron Conway seeks to halt the rise of Olympic bronze medalist Souleymane Cissokho, and Cuban hopeful Heavyweight Frank Sanchez takes over veteran Nagy Aguilera.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders
Elwin Soto bat. Katsunari Takayama via KO technique au neu vième tour
Souleymane Cissokho defeats. Kieron Conway by split decision
Frank Sanchez beats. Nagy Aguilera via technical decision
Marc Castro beats. Irving Castillo via technical knockout in the fourth round
Keyshawn Davis defeats. Jose Antonio Meza via unanimous decision
Christian Alan Gomez Duran beats. Xavier Wilson via technical knockout in the second round
Kelvin Davis won. Jan Marsalek by unanimous decision
WBC / IBF / WBA Super Middleweight Championship: Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders
Round one: Saunders feigns with the leading hand as Canelo slowly advances. Canelo attempts a bullet to the body. Counter just downstairs. Saunders jab, Canelo left hook halfway. Against jab by Canelo, eat a jab from Saunders. Canelo throws a hard right hand into the corner. Saunders tries a combination. Canelo digs a right to the body against the ropes. Saunders tries to back him up with a 1-2. 10-9 Alvarez.
Round two: Saunders sitting down a bit more on his jabs. They exchange body shots inside. Clinch. Canelo’s right hand, then on the counter. Saunders digs a two-piece down and will unhook. Combination of Saunders, 1-2 of Canelo. They exchange body shots halfway. Tough straight to the body to meet a Saunders combo. Saunders stung, circled. Alvarez with a right downstairs, then a 1-2 upstairs. Saunders straight to left, Canelo goes low-up with right hands. 1-2. 10-9, 20-18 Alvarez.
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