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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (55-1-2) is set to fight Billy Joe “Superb” Saunders (30-0-0) on May 8 in Arlington Texas at the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium. The fight is already breaking records, having sold 40,000 presale tickets back in March. The stadium can seat 80,000 fans and the fight is going to be a full capacity event. For those of us that can’t be in attendance, the fight will be streamed on DAZN.
Both fighters are in the super middle division and the fight will decide who walks away with Alvarez’s WBA super world super middle title, Alvarez’s WBC super middle title, and Saunders’ WBO world super middle title.
Alvarez is a tough competitor, with recent wins against Callum Smith (27-0-0) last year in December at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, as well as a win against Avni Yildrim (21-2-0) on February 27 this year at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Though Alvarez has more experience in the ring, Saunders has the advantage in size, standing at 5 foot 10 inches while Alvarez stands at 5 foot 8 inches. Saunders having the longer reach of the two, though the gap is much smaller as his reach is 71 inches and Alvarez has a reach just under 70½ inches. Could this advantage be enough to sway the fight in Saunders’ advantage?
Either way, Saunders told A&B that “it’s [the fight] not going to be a walk in the park for Canelo, by no means.” Saunders also claimed that “this will be one of the biggest upsets in British boxing history...it will be the biggest upset, in fact.”
Will he be able to back up these strong words on May 8? Given that he hasn't lost a fight yet, it seems likely. If Saunders does lose though, it's not probable that he will call for a rematch.
Saunders told A&B “if I’m not good enough to beat him on the eighth, I’ll never be good enough to beat him.”
Will he be able to maintain his impressive win streak? Or will Alverez's experience be enough to win him the fight?