The redhead, that dawns the freckles, makes his globally awaited return for Cinco De Mayo weekend. Reigning RING/WBA/WBC Super-Middleweight Champion of the World 🇲🇽Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (55-1-2, 37KO) is undoubtedly the biggest cash cow in the sport of boxing. He also sits atop many peoples Pound-4-Pound list as actively being the best fighter in the world. Since parking at 168 lbs., Canelo has been fixated on collecting all of the belts. Being that he has 3 of the 5 titles, and already securing his position as thee Champion of the division when he dominated Callum Smith, he has his eyes on obtaining the 4th trinket to his current collection.
His opponents level of talent cannot be denied, as he possesses a bevy of tricks that makes it difficult for opponents to catch him, or take advantage of him when he is on his game, that of course being undefeated WBO beltholder 🇬🇧Billy Joe Saunders (30-0-0, 14KO), who is embarking on his first attempt at a real world championship. He may not be the most likeable figure in the sport of boxing (far from it by many accounts), but when analyzing 160, and 168 pound talent, he surely has to be ranked favorably when analyzing the best fighters that the two divisions have to offer.
The early knock on Canelo’s career years ago was that the competition that he faced were long in the tooth, or a little past their glory days, and in many examples, the criticism stuck. Now recently history should cut into that narrative, as this makes 3 out of the last 5 opponents faced, that are top-quality boxers while operating in their prime (🇺🇸Daniel Jacobs, 🇬🇧Callum Smith, 🇬🇧Billy Joe Saunders) with Sergey Kovalev being the exception in between, and of course Avni Yildirim, who was essentially a tune-up mandatory opponent.
As for Saunders, while harboring skills that made him a fixture in the title picture, he hasn’t been able to secure any bouts against top-quality opposition to test his meddle, and solidity his placement among the elites of his divisions, and some of that was self-inflicted, as to why certain fights never happened, in particular, the bout with 🇰🇿Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin, that never materialized. Well, the public is finally getting what they’ve been asking for, as Billy Joe has finally stepped up to the plate. It will be up to him to prove his worth against the best, and try to be become the man of the division.
Arlington, Texas is where they will both meet, and it will be hosted at AT&T Stadium, which plans to host a large crowd in abundance. 💻DAZN of course will broadcast this headliner, and its fight card, and it is all set to go down on Saturday, May 8th for Cinco De Mayo weekend. Coverage of this card will start at 8 P.M. EST.