The highly anticipated title unification clash between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders is all set to undergo in a few weeks.
When two of the greatest super-middleweight boxers of all time are in their respective primes at the same time, they are bound to clash at some point. Canelo and Sanders have been gearing up for a fight for nearly a year now but numerous setbacks have been derailing it from happening… until now!
So, as boxing fanatics across the world prepare to witness this once-in-a-lifetime contest, it’s high time you know everything about it. So, from the background and venue to the date and streaming information, here’s everything you need to know about a clash year in the making.
Canelo Álvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders: What’s at Stake?
Almost every boxer who steps in the ring has one thing on their mind i.e. collect as many jewels as possible. The Canelo vs. Saunders fight is no different either.
This title unification bout will pit the reigning and defending WBO super-middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders against the current WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring super middleweight champion, Saul “Canelo” Álvarez.
Who starts as the favorite?
Canelo will be heading into this fight with a 55-1-2 record. It’s worth noting that the one loss in his record came from his light-middleweight bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. When it comes to the super-middleweight division, the Mexican boxing star is not only untouchable but undefeated as well.
As for Billy Joe Saunders, the “Superb” sports a professional boxing record of 30-0.
So, the titles aren’t the only factor in the upcoming clash. Both men are also putting their undefeated streaks on the line.
When is this Fight Going Down and How it Came to Be?
The pair was originally scheduled to square off on May 2, 2020. However, plans got shelved once the COVID-19 pandemic forced the world of sports to shut down.
Alvarez then proposed the fight to be held on September 12th. However, payment issues between him, DAZN, and Golden Boy Promotions stopped the initial talks from materializing any further.
After getting his release from the Golden Boy Promotions late last year, Canelo trumped Callum Smith in December to win his three super-middleweight titles. He then successfully defended all three of these jewels against Avni Yıldırım back in February 2021.
As for Saunders, he opted out of the match against Alvarez (slated for September 2020) as he believed he wouldn’t be ready in time. He would return to the ring in December 2020 to defeat fellow British boxer, Martin Murray and retain his WBO super-middleweight championship.
Following his decisive victory against Murray, Saunders challenged Alvarez and demanded his team to start the paperwork.
And thus, this highly-anticipated clash was signed for May 8, 2021.
Where will this Fight be Happening?
Canelo vs. Saunders will be headlining the event on May 8 at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
This fight is all set to take place in front of a massive crowd, the first of its kind since the pandemic first struck. During the pre-sale period alone, a whopping 40,000 tickets got grabbed. The target is to pack the house with more than 60,000 fans, making it the biggest boxing attendance in the US in over 90 years.
Where can I buy tickets for Saunders vs Canelo live streaming?
It’s worth mentioning that to prepare for a full-capacity crowd, AT&T Stadium will be enforcing certain guidelines for the attendees. These guidelines or safety measures will be in accordance with CDC, NFL, and public health officials’ recommendations.
How to Watch Canelo vs. Saunders Live on May 8, 2021?
DAZN (app and platform) will be bearing the responsibility of live streaming Canelo vs. Saunders in the US. You can download the app for your Apple, Android, Roku, Smart TV, and other gadgets. In the US, a monthly DAZN subscription costs $19.99 and an annual one is priced at $99.99.
Canelo vs Saunders free streaming
In the UK and multiple other countries across the globe, the fight will be available via the DAZN global app and platform. Again, the app can be downloaded for multiple devices. You will be charged £1.99 per month.
When is Canelo vs Saunders’s start time?
The ring walk time for this 12-round match is 11:00 PM EST (8:00 PM PST & 4:00 AM BST).
Who’s Fighting on the Undercard?
As of this moment, the undercard fights haven’t been announced yet. However, judging by the hype surrounding this event, expect some hard-hitting clashes to keep you entertained throughout the night.
Canelo Álvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders: Who is the Odds on Favorite to Win?
If the betting odds are any indication, Alvarez (favorite at -550) is all set to hand Saunders (underdog at +400) his first-ever loss. However, expect these numbers to change as the fight gets closer.
Tale of the Tape
|Canelo Álvarez||Billy Joe Saunders|
|Pro Boxing Record||55-1-2||30-0|
What do Alvarez and Saunders have to Say about their Upcoming Fight?
Billy Joe Saunders appears to be quite confident heading into a fight that has the potential to change the landscape of the sport known as professional boxing. He said:
“I believe I am the only one with the footwork, know-how, skillset, mindset, and brain to unlock that door in Canelo. He’s the main man in the sport and the face of boxing. You have to give him respect, he hasn’t ducked anyone, he’s beaten good names, but nobody is unbeatable, and I believe I have got the tools to beat him if I use them correctly and the strategy works out.”
Canelo Alvarez, on the other hand, has clearly expressed his intention to add more gold to his trophy case. While conversing with the Boxing Scene, he said: “He (Saunders) is a hard fighter. He’s a southpaw and he likes to talk. But we’re gonna be ready for him, and I’m gonna train to be ready for him. I’m very motivated. Getting the titles motivates me very much.”
No matter who walks out as the undisputed king of the super-middleweight division, one thing is for sure – May 8th will be a night to rejoice for the boxing fans around the world.