Saul “Canelo” Alvarez promised to end previously unbeaten Billie Joe Saunders and go one step closer to becoming the first undisputed middleweight champion in boxing history. He did exactly that through the constant pressure that shattered Saunders and forced his corner to throw the towel at the end of the eighth round on Saturday evening.
WBC, WBA (Super) and The Ring Alvarez champion (56-1-2, 38 KOs) added the Saunders’ WBO title to their group with a painful performance in front of 73,126 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, a record crowd for the number of indoor boxing event in the US .
But the victory was not easy.
Saunders’ flashy boxing caused Canelo to trouble with his move and knockout as his Mexican opponent was apparently seeking a knockout, but without the strength to push Canelo out of him, he ended up absorbing powerful shots during the fight.
There was a distinct difference in strength between the two fighters but Saunders managed to control well in the middle rounds and avoid taking major damage. That all changed at eight when Canelo fell so steeply that instantly caused Saunders’ right eye to swell. Saunders returned to his corner but was unable to see from the damaged eye, prompting his team to keep him in the chair and not let him answer the bell for the ninth frame.
Two judges fought a 78-74 battle for Canelo at the time of hiatus while the other judge saw 77-75 for Canelo.
Canelo has made it clear that he wants to face IBF champion Caleb Plant who weighs 168 pounds in September to determine the undisputed champion. There might be some politics in the way Plant deals with PBC, but with Canelo being a free agent, there is an opportunity to take the fight.
Here’s how it all went:
Live updates between Canelo Alvarez and Billie Joe Saunders, highlights
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Round 9 (midnight): Saunders does not answer the bell! is over! Canelo from TKO!
Round 8 (11:59 PM): Saunders drops some punches, and Canelo needs to catch the action. Saunders cracks and takes a step back. The left hook of the body and Saunders are in trouble. Canelo crush Saunders! Saunders shakes his head and is caught again. Canelo plays on the crowd. Saunders is in trouble and his eye swells quickly. Canelo now smokes Saunders. He is in poor shape but Saunders will survive the tour. . . barely. 10-9, Canelo (78-74, Canelo)
Round 7 (11:55 PM): A pair of body shots from Canelo but Saunders let his hands go with more frequency. Canelo lands on the body again. Canelo digs into the flesh. Canelo scores with more repetitions. Right hand from Canelo territory. Saunders moves in and boxers well but just hasn’t landed enough. 10-9, Canelo (68-65, Canelo)
Round 6 (11:51 PM): Canelo drops his right hand to open the sixth. Saunders is now more flexible. Slide into a rhythm. Good defense. Saunders lands with a double bun. Right Hand by Saunders. His body was shot by Saunders. The tough right hand by Canelo but it’s a one-off. Double upper case by Canelo. They exchange hooks. Canelo forcefully closes the tour, but Saunders takes another round. 10-9, Saunders (58-56, Canelo)
Round 5 (11:47 PM): Canelo walks with straight body right. Saunders is still trying to keep Canelo out with a kick but Canelo hits the body once again. Nice hit from Saunders. Body cut by Canelo. Left hook of Saunders clean territory. It builds confidence. Saunders lands on a few punches and may have taken the tour. 10-9, Saunders (49-46, Canelo)
Round 4 (11:44 PM): A nice combination of three punches from Saunders Land. The straight right hand from Canelo territory. They are left to flesh and Saunders retreat. Four punches from Saunders keep Canelo busy. Saunders spins around but takes another bullet to the body Canelo barely miss a capital letter. Uppercut cracks Saunders. Saunders has a good run but Canelo drops the cleanest picks. 10-9, Canelo (40-36, Canelo)
Round Three (11:39 PM): Saunders moves in and out with his fists. Canelo left it to the body. Saunders lands with his left hand. Saunders has been busier on the tour so far. Canelo breaks Saunders with his right hand and goes to the body. Canelo lands with a powerful blow. Saunders says he’s not fazed but appears to be acting. Left hand by Canelo over the top. It is extremely powerful. 10-9, Canelo (30-27, Canelo)
Round 2 (11:35 PM): Saunders returns to work on the punch and Canelo returns directly to the flesh. Hard right hand by Canelo lands. And another. Saunders is linking it. Canelo put some steam on his punch. Canelo is relentless but walks in a jab. Uppercut from Canelo. The tough right hand is swinging saunders. Canelo drops some tough shots but Saunders fights back. Another stiff right hand shakes Saunders for a while. 10-9, Canelo (20-18, Canelo)
Round one (11:31 PM): Saunders begins to release a jab. Missing the left hand. Canelo moves forward and closes the distance. Go left to the body. Uppercut by Canelo. Another corpse shot. Canelo is the landing he left the flesh easily. Another corpse shot. Saunders finds it difficult to get Kanelo away, but he turns away. Another solid object called Canelo. Punching Canelo’s body would be a problem if Saunders couldn’t stop her. Canelo, 10-9
11:22 pm: Canelo with a full mariachi squad and fireworks on his way to the ring. A totally epic way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This is how you get in.
11:18 pm: As expected, Saunders were mocked throughout the arena. But heels don’t care and soak him up with some dance moves on his way to the ring.
10:54 PM: Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders is next!
10:41 p.m.: At an absurd conclusion, the referee stopped the fighting in the midst of a back and forth motion. Takayama was not in trouble, nor was he being punished much at the moment of stopping. It was just an outrageous thing to stop her at that very moment and a lack of respect for Takayama, who was in a fight for the title and had injured much worse earlier. That was a terrible pause for a Japanese legend who was fighting better in the second half of the fight.
10:30 pm: Takayama has decided that if he is to lose, he will walk out with his shield and make this battle enjoyable by attacking. Soto still hurt him and nearly finished him in the sixth round, but he beat the crowd with this effort. How long can it last?
10:17 pm: Obviously, Takayama is a coincidence from his former character as he was beaten by Soto during three rounds. Obviously, that won’t last long as Soto is looking for a brutal knockout. It has to come sooner rather than later.
9:58 PM: Next up is Elwin Soto vs Katsunari Takayama for the WBO Lightweight Flyweight title from Soto. Takayama fought only twice in nearly five years. His hands will be filled with Soto, who has won 16 successive fights since losing his third professional battle.
9:53 PM: Well Conway didn’t get the finish but it shut down hard. Unfortunately for him, it was so little, way too late as Sissoko won by split decision with interesting results from 95-94, 96-93 and 92-97. Conway’s score was an incredibly broad score of 97-92 but the right fighter seemed to win despite the knockout.
9:43 PM: Conway finally broke through in the ninth round with a pair of bruises on top to put Sissoko on the bottom and almost knocked out. He finally pulled this crowd out of its seats. Let’s see how you will play the final round.
9:28 PM: Sorry, you all. Conway’s battle against Sissoko is not fun to watch. Not many punches were thrown in six rounds. More people will likely see the SWV vs Xscape VERZUZ fight than this one.
9:10 p.m.: We Live For Canelo-Saunders and Kieron Conway faces Solomon Cissokho in a Super Welterweight to start the main card. Before this fight, we had a strange scene when Frank Sanchez defeated Nagy Aguilera by a technical decision when Aguilera decided he could not continue after his right hand tricked barely the back of his head. He definitely won an acting award for tonight, but that wasn’t important because he was going to lose anyway because the judges had a 60-54 shutdown for Sanchez. The crowd was not happy with this nonsense. Also, Marc Castro improved to 3-0 with TKO from the fourth round of Irving Castillo, Keyshawn and Kelvin Davis both in winning the performance.
Canelo v Saunders start time
- Main Card: 8:00 PM ET
- Main event at Canelo Saunders: 11 PM ET (approx.)
The Canelo Alvarez vs. main card launches.
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Canelo vs Saunders fight card
- Saul Canelo Alvarez was defeated. Billie Joe Saunders via TKO from Round Eight (3:00) to retain the WBA, WBC and The Ring Super Middleweight titles and claim the Saunders’ WBO title
- Marc Castro def. Irving Castillo via TKO from the fourth round (2:04).
- Frank sanchez def. Nagy Aguilera with technical decision (60-54, 60-54, 60-54).
- Elwin Soto def. Katsunari Takayama via TKO from the ninth round (2:44) to retain the WBO lightweight flyweight title.
- Solomon Sissokho Dev. Kieron Conway crossed a split decision over the WBA Intercontinental title in Super Welterweight (95-94.96-93, 92-97).
- Keyshawn Davis def. Jose Antonia Meza by unanimous decision (60-54, 60-54, 60-54).
- Kelvin Davis Dave. Yan Muslik by unanimous decision (38-37, 38-37, 38-37).
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