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Canelo Alvarez stops Billy Joe Saunders as Brit pulled out with orbital bone injury

Canelo Alvarez moved a step closer to becoming the undisputed king of the super-middleweight division after Billy Joe Saunders was forced to retire on his stool with a suspected broken orbital bone. There were shades of Kell Brook’s serious eye injuries from his wars with Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr when Saunders’ trainer Mark Tibbs waved off the fight in the corner after the right round.
Saunders had played his part in a closely-contested chess match up until the turning point and was arguably ahead on the scorecards when Canelo really turned on the style and pushed hard for the knockout that his team and the people of Mexico so desperately craved.

It was a thunderous uppercut that changed the complexion of the bout as Saunders staggered around the ring preparing for an onslaught that never followed as the matador Canelo taunted his rival, waving around his arms and revelling in the suffering of his opponent.

Despite the savagely persistent work to the body from Canelo, it was that one very punch that sucked all life out of Saunders as he struggled to regain momentum and throw any punches of his own as he bobbed and weaved to buy some precious time.

And the damage to Saunders’ eye was evident as soon as the camera panned to his corner when it soon became clear that this fight would not be going the distance.

Seconds later, the contest was waved off as Canelo climbed onto his trainer Eddy Reynoso’s shoulders to celebrate yet another victory on Cinco de Mayo weekend in front of a sell-out crowd at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Now the pound-for-pound king, who successfully navigated the mind games and tremendous skill of Saunders, will have all eyes on Caleb Plant as he looks to collect the final IBF strap and become the first-ever undisputed champion at 168lbs.

For Saunders, this was a fight that proved he belongs at the highest level yet as always, there will be questions asked of his champion spirit after he was pulled out of the fight, particularly after he previously claimed he would not quit as Daniel Dubois did following a similar eye injury against Joe Joyce last November.

Saunders took the fight to Canelo from the sound of the first bell as he looked to claim the centre of the ring, flicking his jab while moving his feet.

The Mexican was clear he would not be bullied, cracking in several thunderous body shots as he backed Saunders up onto ropes. Saunders hastily manoeuvred himself out of the firing line.

Canelo really started to assert himself in the second round and a series of thumping right hands were met by a thunderous roar from the 73,000 spectators inside the AT&T Stadium. The Mexican crowd wanted blood.

A pattern was quickly emerging in this fight and there appeared to be a stark contrast in punch power, something that was laid bare in the third round when a right hook from Canelo – that would have knocked most off their feet – found the target. Saunders shook his head and smiled.

After his gum shield was nearly blown out by an uppercut in the fourth, Saunders began to find his rhythm as he let his hands go.

The confidence was oozing from the fluid Saunders in the fifth, as he began to up the tempo, landing a double jab and overhand left on the break, in his best round of the fight so far.

Saunders now felt in control as he revved up the crowd at the start of round six before waving on Canelo and dangling his tongue at his opponent, who was looking to claw back momentum amid the power shift.

The 31-year-old was continuing to replicate the movement and elements of Erislandy Lara’s game plan in one of Canelo’s closest fights to date, as Saunders continued to use his jab and move around the 22ft ring that he’d campaigned so desperately for.

Canelo, who predicted a knockout in round eight or nine was now going for the throat as the crowd demanded punishment.

Following a series of successful right hands, it was Canelo’s electric uppercut that buzzed Saunders, leaving him with a suspected fractured orbital bone.

His legs remained strong but Saunders was evidently hurt as he looked to clear his head and refind his mojo but it was clear the Mexican was not going to let him off the hook as he looked to close the show in devastating fashion.

But, the swelling was so significant that Saunders’ corner felt there was no other option but to pull him out of the fight to prevent further and potentially life-changing damage.

Saunders was visibly distraught a short while after as he was captured with a towel over his head as he waited to climb into the back of an ambulance to a local hospital, as his team pushed away the cameras. This was sadly not his night despite moments of huge promise.

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Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders LIVE: Results, updates and round-by-round scorecard

The AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas will play host to one of the biggest boxing nights of the year so far, as Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders crosses the pond to take on Mexican superstar and pound-for-pound great, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a super-middleweight title unification battle.

  • A huge crowd of around 70,000 fans is expected to pack the stands of the stadium that plays host to NFL’s Dallas Cowboys
  • Canelo (55–1–2, 37 KOs) will put his WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring Magazine titles on the line
  • Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs) also puts his WBO title up for grabs

We’ll bring you regular updates through the night, including round-by-round scoring of the main event as Alvarez and Saunders go toe to toe for super-middleweight supremacy in Texas.

Saunders in confident mood ahead of unification clash

Speaking after the weigh-ins, Saunders looked fired up and confident ahead of the biggest bout of his professional career.

Speaking to DAZN, he laid out his mindset ahead of the bout, saying, “I have the spirit, I have the belief, I have the winning mentality.

“I don’t come in to lay down, I come in to win. So I don’t think Alvarez has faced a man with as much heart and determination to win as me.

“It’s going to be a good fight. He’s a great champion. But, to be honest with you, I’ve come here to take all of his titles, and take them by storm.”

When asked how he needs to adapt his game to deal with Canelo, Saunders highlighted his undefeated record and pointed out his mindset ahead of the fight.

“I haven’t lost since 2008, I’m 30-0 and unbeaten,” he said.

Billy Joe Saunders

On weight and ready: Billy Joe Saunders (Image: GETTY)

“So therefore he has to do something differently to beat me, not the other way around.

“The key to this sort of fight is obviously everybody’s got to be on their A-game, bring their best to the table and as long as I bring my fighting spirit and my brain, I’ve got it.

And Saunders vowed to earn a few thousand more fans through his performance, even though he’s set to fight in front of a sea of Canelo fans inside AT&T Stadium.

“Mate, these fans will thrive and push me to win,” he declared.

“These fans will not bother me. They’re all for Canelo. They’re cheering for him now, but on the way out they’ll be cheering for me.”

Can Saunders dethrone Canelo? Eddie Hearn says YES

“I think this is actually the best chance that a super-middleweight has got against Canelo Alvarez,” Hearn told DAZN at yesterday’s weigh-ins.

“Billy Joe Saunders is the toughest test for Canelo – the style, the mentality.

“I went into the AT&T Stadium earlier. The atmosphere would break many people. It won’t break Billy Joe.

“But he’s going to have to box at levels he’s never boxed at before. Because he’s never been in kind of the levels and the deep end with fighters like Canelo Alvarez.

“But does Billy Joe have the levels? We believe he does. British boxing believes he does.”

Eddie Hearn is HYPED

Speaking to DAZN after the weigh-ins, promoter Eddie Hearn was bristling with anticipation as he set the scene for the upcoming unification battle.

“The fight’s got bigger and bigger. You’re going to have 70,000 people in there tomorrow night,” he said.

“We’re going to break the record for the biggest indoor attendance in U.S. boxing history. The world returns to normality, and boxing did that. It shows you that when we make great fights this is the greatest sport of all.

“Billy Joe Saunders, 30-0, unbeaten, two-weight world champion. Canelo Alvarez, pound-for-pound number one. I think we’re not going to only see one of the best fights in the last few years tomorrow night, but you’re going to see, I think, the greatest atmosphere we’ve ever seen at a boxing event.

“Billy Joe Saunders has played his part. The Canelo fans are here. It’s going to be everything. I’ve not felt like this for a long time. I’m probably more excited for this fight than I’ve been for any other fight … Both these guys deserve the credit. They’re two champions that are willing to face each other, and it’s beautiful for the sport of boxing.”

Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders

It’s on! Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez takes on Billy Joe Saunders at AT&T Stadium in Texas (Image: GETTY)

Could Joshua-Fury finally be confirmed tonight?

That’s the other big question boxing fans and media alike are hoping to get answered tonight, with rumours rife that we could finally get the announcement the boxing world wants to hear.

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have already signed a two-fight agreement to face each other in world championship bouts, but so far no official date or location has been confirmed.

But, with Fury in Arlington tonight to support his friend and colleague Saunders in tonight’s main event, hopes are high that an announcement could come during this evening’s proceedings.

It would be the perfect way to cap off a huge night for the sport.

The fight before the fight

It’s a huge bout, with Saunders’ confidence and attitude heading into fight night proving to be a feature of fight week in Texas, as he dealt with negotiating sticking points regarding the nationality of the ringside judges for the bout, as well as the size of the ring itself.

Saunders’ team complained at the lack of a British judge on the three-man panel in Arlington, but with the athletic commission’s lineup already locked in, Saunders was unable to force a change.

However, he did find success in his bid to secure a larger ring for the bout, with both camps eventually agreeing to the matchup taking place in a 22-foot ring.

Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders

Faceoff: Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders go face to face at the weigh-ins (Image: GETTY)

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Billy Joe Saunders vs Canelo Alvarez fight OFF claims Tom Saunders after ring size feud

Billy Joe Saunders’ father Tom claims his son will not step into the ring to face Canelo Alvarez in Texas this weekend. The duo were due to square up in their super middleweight title unification fight at the AT&T Stadium on Saturday night (approx 4am Sunday UK time) but have been locked in a dispute about the size of the canvas.
And one year on from COVID-19 scrapping the 12-round fight, Tom Saunders insists the feud over the size of the ring means the rearranged bout has also fallen apart just days before the pair were to set to trade rubber.

The unbeaten Saunders, the WBO champion, was looking to inflict just the second defeat of Canelo’s career, which has spanned 55 fights and only saw him lose to Floyd Mayweather back in 2013.

But it appears Billy Joe and his team may be headed back to the United Kingdom before even getting the chance to get the better of Canelo, with the Mexican’s representatives refusing to meet their demands for the ring to be made bigger.

Tom Saunders suspects that the WBC and WBA king does not want to fight his son out of fear of suffering a loss in front of 70,000 baying fans in Dallas, the bulk of whom will be supporting him against his English opponent.

Billy Joe was not present for the first planned face-off between the two fighters on Tuesday with Canelo left to stand alone in front of the cameras.

Speaking to iFL TV earlier in the day, Saunders Snr said: “I can’t see them coming face to face, the issue with the ring has still not been sorted. There’s nothing in the contract about the ring size, it’s all negotiations. The negotiations have broken down big time.

“Canelo’s put an 18ft ring, which I think is an amateur ring, that’s the fight ring. His plan was to put an 18ft ring there. They knew we we were going to start, they said: ’20ft ring, that’s it.’ That was his gameplay, to fight in a 20ft ring.

“We want a 24ft ring. We’ve come down to 22ft and they’re trying to take Billy Joe’s legs away. We’re up against everything here, everything.

“At the end of the day, I’m not going to let my son box in a 20ft ring against who is supposed to be the pound for pound king of boxing, you know?

“We’re up against everything. We’ve spoken to them this morning, they’ve said, ‘It’s either 20ft or book your flights home.’

“Unfortunately, we apologise to the fans, British, American and around the world, I can’t let my son box in a 20ft ring against Canelo on Cinco de Mayo weekend.

“We’ve given into a lot of stuff here but this, we just cannot give into. The fight would not be fair. The fight’s off. The fight’s off.

“The negotiations have broken down completely. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve got a late substitute, someone they’re going to try and dig out from somewhere.

“It’s all a big con, people. If you’re subscribed to the channel, ask for your money back. If you’ve bought tickets, ask for your money back. That’s all you’re going to see, a bum in there with Canelo and Canelo just having a sparring session.

“I don’t think he wants to fight Billy Joe. I think he’s seen a few clips and I don’t think he fancies it, he only wants a sure thing. Billy Joe is not a sure thing and we can’t give his legs away.

“That’s what will win this fight, his movement but unfortunately it looks like the public won’t see this fight.

“We all want to see this fight. This would have been a very, very good fight. But no, he’s adamant he wants to go home.

“We’re not going to take this bulls*** anymore. Enough’s enough. We can’t bend over backwards to please Canelo.

“He’s chucking his sweets out the pram because someone has said no to him. These people are used to fighters coming over for a pay cheque and saying, ‘yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir.’

“We’re not being put in a position where everything is on their side or in their corner. It’s not fair. All we’ve asked from day one is a fair chance.”

Earlier this week, Billy Joe told talkSPORT: “The problem is I come over here and they try to chuck me in a phone box of a boxing ring.

“You know, all these games and other bits and bumps played along the way for this fight is all mind games.

People say stuff to get under people’s skin and under camp’s skin, but it’s hundreds and hundreds of feet long and they want to stick a 16ft to 18ft ring in the middle of it.

“For me, that’s just unacceptable. I want a 24ft ring and they’re saying it’s not gonna happen and it is what it is. But I’ve left it to my team and I’m sure they’ll solve it – otherwise there won’t be any fight.

“You can’t just fly me in here and show me the ring that we’re using and I’ve been training all of my camp in a 24ft ring.

“It’s a unification fight, not a British title. It’s like someone training on the 200m running track and someone training on the 400m running track — there’s a big difference.

“Anybody who knows boxing knows this fight, how I’ve got it in my head to plan out — won’t give too much away for the game plan.

“And I know he’s got his own style of fighting and his game plan, and I know his game plan. His game plan is not waiting around, his game plan is coming to me. And I want somewhere where I can move and get my boxing off.

“Every world title fight, all of these unification fights, they’re always in big-sized rings. Name me one, name me two fights where you see an 18ft ring unification?”

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‘If Canelo calls, we’re ready’: Undefeated Russian star Beterbiev eyes Alvarez showdown after latest KO victory (VIDEO)

Light-heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev says he would have no hesitation in facing Mexican four-weight superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, after the undefeated Russian claimed his latest KO victim in Moscow.

Beterbiev improved his unblemished record to 16 victories from 16 fights – all of which have come by way of KO/TKO – as he put away Russian-born German opponent Adam Deines in the 10th round of their contest on Saturday night.

The Canada-based Beterbiev, 36, retained his WBC and IBF titles in what was his debut fight on home soil in front of 6,000 fans in the Russian capital.
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After another destructive performance, attention turned to what could lie ahead for the Dagestani-born Beterbiev, including a potential meeting with Mexican megastar Canelo.

Canelo, 30, will next step into the ring in a super-middleweight unification fight with Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders in Texas in May.

However, rumors have suggested that further down the line Canelo could face Beterbiev – something the Russian said he is ready and waiting for.

Responding to a question from RT Sport after his win on Saturday night, Beterbiev’s team denied claims that they had already been contacted by Canelo, but added they would give a resounding “yes” should the fight be offered, even without the need for any formalities.

“We’ll tell them ‘yes’… we don’t need a meeting,” Beterbiev said.

Canelo is among boxing’s biggest draws, and is seen by many as the sport’s current pound-for-pound king.

The Mexican boasts a record of 55 wins in 58 fights as a professional, with two draws and just a single defeat, coming when he was outpointed by Floyd Mayweather back in 2013. 
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In his last outing, Canelo blew away Turkish super-middleweight challenger Avni Yildirim after just three rounds of their contest in Florida. 

Speaking in recent days, Beterbiev has also teased a potential switch to MMA, claiming he could train alongside the likes of his friend Georges St-Pierre in Canada, or Russian UFC icon Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

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Boxing tonight: Schedules, live streams, fight times for Canelo Alvarez and Tommy Fury

Canelo Alvarez is back in the ring tonight just two-and-a-half months after his last outing against Callum Smith in December. The pound-for-pound great defends his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super-middleweight titles against Avni Yildirim in Miami.
It’s the first bout of the two-fight deal he signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing following his recent split with Golden Boy Promotions.

The Turkish underdog is ranked No 1 with the WBC but has not fought in two years, when he was beaten by Anthony Dirrell in Minneapolis.

Yildirim comes into the fight as a massive underdog, as Canelo looks to warm up for a potential mega-clash with Billy Joe Saunders in May.

British fans may remember him after he was on the end of a brutal knockout from Chris Eubank Jr in the World Boxing Super Series in 2017.

Chinese heavyweight Zhang Zhilea, who is tipped to fight Anthony Joshua one day, is also on the card.

Elsewhere, Tyson Fury’s younger brother Tommy is back and will headline BT Sport’s card tonight.

The broadcasters saved the show after the main event between Anto Cacace against Lyon Woodstock for the British super-featherweight title was cancelled.

Woodstock tested positive for Covid but Fury will still get the chance to fight against 0-9 Scott Williams.

Here are the important details you need to watch the action…

Schedules

Canelo Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim

Zhang Zhilea vs Jerry Forrest

Diego Pacheco vs Rodolfo Gomez Jr

Marc Castro vs Raul Corona

Aaron Aponte vs Harry Gigliotti

Keyshawn Davis vs Lester Brown

Alexis Espino vs Ashton Sykes

BT Sport Show

Anthony Cacace vs Lyon Woodstock – OFF

Tommy Fury vs Scott Williams

Kaisy Khademi vs Ijaz Ahmed

Nathan Heaney vs Ryan Oliver

Sam Noakes vs Delmar Thomas

Masood Abdulah vs Taka Bembere

Amaar Akbar vs Chris Adaway

Adan Mohamed vs Brett Fidoe

Live Streams

Canelo vs Yildirim will be live on American streaming service DAZN.

If you’re interested in watching, you can do so in the UK at the cost of £1.99.

The fight can then be streamed via the app or online.

BT Sport will be showing the full Fury card on BT Sport 1.

It is also available via the app which can be streamed on laptops, smart TVs, phones, tablets and game consoles.

Fight Times

Canelo vs Yildirim is set to take place in the early hours of Sunday morning, UK time.

The main event is expected to get underway at around 4am, although there is every chance the undercard could slightly overrun.

As for Fury, the undercard will get underway from 6pm.

He is expected to make his way to the ring at around 8pm.

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