Canelo Alvarez’s quest to unify all of the super-middleweight gold will reportedly lead him to a clash with Billy Joe Saunders.
Alvarez is set to put his WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Super-Middleweight Titles on the line against Avni Yildirim on February 27. If Canelo emerges victorious and unscathed, then it looks like he’ll be going after Saunders’ WBO Championship.
Mike Coppinger of The Athletic is reporting that Canelo and Saunders have agreed to collide in May. The bout would be broadcast live on DAZN.
SOURCES: Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders have agreed to a deal for a May fight on DAZN. Three 168-pound titles up for grabs. Fight will land in U.S., on May 1 or May 8. First, Canelo will have to beat Avni Yildirim on Feb. 27 and emerge uninjured https://t.co/n2By2duTga
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) January 28, 2021
“SOURCES: Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders have agreed to a deal for a May fight on DAZN. Three 168-pound titles up for grabs. Fight will land in U.S., on May 1 or May 8. First, Canelo will have to beat Avni Yildirim on Feb. 27 and emerge uninjured.”
Canelo appears to be living up to his word of keeping active. He just defeated Callum Smith back in December. If he goes through with fighting Saunders in May, then he will have fought three times in five months.
The agreement to fight Saunders is part of Canelo’s two-fight agreement with Matchroom Boxing. If he handles business against Yildirim, then Canelo’s bout with Saunders will be the final fight of the short deal. Many are expecting Canelo to go after the IBF Title if he defeats Saunders.
Canelo has amassed a pro boxing record of 54-1-2. Along the way, the Mexican star has scored 36 of his victories by way of knockout.
As for Saunders, his record has remained unblemished up to this point. His record stands at 30-0 with 14 knockouts. He has two successful WBO Title defenses.