WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez will finally meet WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in a highly anticipated unification bout on Saturday 8th May.
Canelo Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KO) took just three rounds to stop the mandatory challenger Avni Yıldırım on Saturday night in Miami. Canelo dismantled Yildirim with brutal body shots before sending the Turk to the canvas with a crushing right hand in the third round. Yildirim was unable to continue and didn’t come out for the fourth round. Canelo hasn’t tasted defeat since his loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2014.
The undefeated Billy Joe Saunders (30-0) is coming off a successful title defense against Martin Murray in December. Saunders defeated Murray via unanimous decision to retain the title at the SSE Arena in London. The champion is currently in training camp with his trainer Mark Tibbs in Spain. Saunders worked his way to the WBO middleweight title under the tutelage of Mark Tibbs’ father Jimmy Tibbs.
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