UK start time, ring walks, how to live stream on DAZN and full undercard for huge world title fight this weekend
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders will meet in the United States in a huge unification title fight this weekend.
Mexican legend Canelo retained his WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring super-middleweight titles in February when he outclassed Avni Yildirim.
It took his record to an incredible 55 wins and the four-weight world champion is widely-regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.
Britain’s Saunders, who defeated Martin Murray last December, is the WBO champion and yet to be beaten in his career.
Both men made weight successfully on Friday – Saunders at 167.8lbs and Canelo at 167.4lbs.
It should be a thrilling fight in front of a capacity crowd and here’s everything we know about it so far…
Canelo v Saunders: Date and how to watch
- This 12-round super-middleweight bout will take place on Saturday, May 8
- It being held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with around 70,000 fans in attendance
- The main card gets going from 7pm local time – 1am Sunday morning UK time
- Canelo vs Saunders ring walks are scheduled to begin around 4am on Sunday morning in the UK
- Streaming service DAZN will be showing the fight in the UK
- DAZN costs £1.99 per month and subscribers can cancel anytime. Sign up at DAZN.com.
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Canelo v Saunders: Undercard
Subject to change
- MAIN EVENT: Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders – for WBO, WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring super-middleweight titles
- Elwin Soto vs Katsunari Takayama – for WBO light-flyweight title
- Kieron Conway vs Souleymane Cissokho – for WBA inter-continental super-welterweight title
- Frank Sanchez vs Nagy Aguilera
- Christian Alan Gomez Duran vs Xavier Wilson
- Keyshawn Davis vs Jose Antonio Meza
- Marc Castro vs Irving Macias Castillo
- Kelvin Davis vs Jan Marsalek
Canelo v Saunders: What’s been said?
Billy Joe Saunders: “There’s no other reasons for me to be here apart from to win. Not about fame or anything else, I’m here to win. I don’t think we’ve had somebody come to win for a very long time.
“We’ve had a lot of people turn up, collect cheques and fly out but we haven’t had the heart, soul and IQ that I’ll bring to the ring on Saturday night to win.
“I can’t talk what he’s done down, he’s done brilliant things for boxing. He’s a good champion but there’s a time in life where you get tested, sometimes when you forget where you’ve come from, and forget all those hard things, that’s brought you to where you’re at.
“Sometimes that can make it difficult on yourself. I think he’s going to be bumping into the wrong man Saturday night to be going home with titles. I’m looking forward to a very good fight but most definitely the win.”
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez: “He’s a great fighter, he has a lot of ability and he’s a southpaw.
“I’m not the same fighter I was six or seven years ago, this Saturday I will show that.
“I’ve been involved in a lot of big fights and this is just another day at the office. I come to win, like I said boxing is my life and I come here to win.”
Canelo v Saunders: Tale of the Tape
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez – Billy Joe Saunders
Nationality: Mexican – British
Record: 55/1/2 (37 KOs) – 30/0/0 (14 KOs)
Height: 5ft 9 (175 cm) – 5ft 11 (180 cm)
Reach: 70.5in (179cm) – 71in (180cm)
Style: Orthodox – Southpaw
Nickname: Canelo – Superb
Last fight: Beat Avni Yildirim – Beat Martin Murray