Everything You Need To Know About Canelo And Billy Joe Saunders' Texas Showdown

From the undercard to fight purses, we've got you covered ahead of an incredible night of boxing
16:00, 08 May 2021

The fighters are ready, the weigh-ins are done and all that business over the size of the ring has been put to bed. As the clock counts down to one of the biggest fight nights of the year, we’ve put together everything you need to know about Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders’ highly-anticipated super-middleweight showdown...

Where? AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

What? Super middleweight unification, 12 rounds

When? The card takes place on Saturday, May 8th, with the main card expected to launch at roughly 1am UK time. BST. The main event is slated to take place around 4am UK time, but the start of the main event will depend on the lengths of the earlier fights.

How To Watch? The bout and undercard will be streamed on subscription service DAZN in the UK.

Purses: According to DAZN, Canelo is guaranteed to take $15 million from the fight, and then 60% of the pay-per-view, which could take him to a total payout of $35 million. Saunders on the other hand is expected to make $5 million, of which $2.5 million is the guaranteed sum. Like Canelo, the final amount will depend on the success of PPV sales.

What They Say:

Canelo: "I love boxing. I love what I do. I always set short-term goals in my mind and for now I am fully focused on this one.

"I do expect this to be a very competitive fight. I think he is a little bit more complicated as a fighter. It's going to be a tough one in the first rounds."

Saunders: "This fight is all about the brain. Not about power, muscle or skill, it's the brain and the game plan, and being able to execute that game plan.

"I brush opinions off because I know what goes through my head and my mind, and what I have done in my career is through the will and want to win, and the day I lose that, I won't put a pair of gloves on again.”

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Last Outings: Both of these men are fresh off the back of wins. Saunders last fought in December, claiming a unanimous decision win over St Helens’ Martin Murray at Wembley Arena, while Canelo also fought in December, beating another Brit in Texas, Callum Smith, on the cards. More recently, the Mexican blitzed Avni Yildirim in Miami in February. 

Undercard

Elwin Soto vs Katsunari Takayama – WBO light flyweight title

Kieron Conway vs Souleymane Cissokho – WBA inter-continental super welterweight title

Frank Sanchez vs Nagy Aguilera

Keyshawn Davis vs Jose Antonio Meza

Christian Alan Gomez Duran vs Xavier Wilson

Kelvin Davis vs Jan Marsalek

Odds:

Saunders: 9/2

Canelo: 2/11

Saunders via KO, TKO or disqualification: 16/1

Canelo via KO, TKO or disqualification: 21/20

Saunders via decision or technical decision: 11/2

Canelo via decision or technical decision: 6/4

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