David Benavidez Doesn’t Like The Chances Of Caleb Plant Against Canelo Alvarez: “I Think Canelo Beats Him Easier Than He Did Billy Joe Saunders”
By: Hans Themistode
David Benavidez wasn’t entirely surprised that Canelo Alvarez defeated Billy Joe Saunders, but nevertheless, he was still impressed. The two faced off in a super middleweight unification bout this past weekend at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
In front of over 73,000 screaming fans, Saunders gave Alvarez a competitive bout before the Mexican star landed a devastating right uppercut that completely shattered the right orbital bone of his man.
With Alvarez adding the WBO title previously held by Saunders to his WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine belts to his collection, he’s only one title away from becoming the first undisputed super middleweight champion in boxing history. In order to do so, Alvarez will be tasked with handing IBF titlist Caleb Plant the first defeat of his career, something Benavidez believes he’ll get done with relative ease.
“I think Canelo beats him easier than he did Billy Joe Saunders,” said Benavidez during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “I think he’ll stop Caleb Plant with a body shot, I really feel like Caleb Plant doesn’t take body shots too well and Canelo throws amazing body shots.”
At the moment, Plant is hoping that he’ll receive the opportunity to make everyone, including Benavidez, eat their words. The 28-year-old dominated his latest opponent in long-faded former champion, Caleb Truax this past January. Following the win, Plant didn’t eschew from the possibility of facing Alvarez. Despite the belief in himself, Benavidez simply isn’t buying his chances.
While the Mexican star may crave a showdown with Plant more than anyone else in the boxing world, the IBF belt holder is currently under the banner of Premier Boxing Champions. Alvarez, on the other hand, while a promotional free agent, has stated on numerous occasions that he would like nothing more than to continue his business relationship with promoter Eddie Hearn. Those relationship ties could lead to long, drawn-out contract negotiations. With that said, Benavidez is firmly under the belief that their showdown makes too much sense for it to not happen next.
“I think so, I think it makes sense on both sides. Caleb Plant is what? 29 years old? He’s probably in his prime right now and he doesn’t have any bigger opportunity than that. What else does he want? Fighting Canelo is the biggest opportunity anybody ever gets. It has to be made, I’m sure it’s going to be in September.”
Undisputed Title Fight Between Franchon Crews-Dezurn And Elin Cederroos Set To Co-headline On Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr. On June 19th
By: Hans Themistode
It appears as though Teófimo Lopez will have to share the undisputed stage.
For the first time in boxing history, there will be two undisputed title fights on the same card. With Lopez already set to defend his IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO and Ring Magazine lightweight titles against mandatory challenger George Kambosos Jr., a new women’s undisputed super middleweight champion will emerge in the co-headliner.
WBC/WBO champion, Franchon Crews-Dezurn is set to take on IBF/WBA titlist, Elin Cederroos. Crews-Dezurn was given her world titles back after losing them at the hands of Alejandro Jimenez in January of 2020. The Norfolk, Virginia native saw her split decision loss reversed to a no-contest after it was revealed that Jimenez failed a post-fight drug test.
As for Cederroos, she picked up the IBF 168 pound title in only the sixth contest of her career. She recently added the WBA title to her collection after walking away with a unanimous decision victory against Alicia Napoleon Espinosa. With the magnitude of this event, Peter Kahn, Chief Boxing Officer of Triller Fight Club, couldn’t be happier with the event.
“This is truly a historic moment having both the male and female undisputed title fights on the same card,” said Kahn. “We are excited to have Franchon and Elin join a night of boxing that already has one of the most anticipated fights of the year, López and Kambosos, along with a strong undercard that will appeal to true boxing fans.”
The event is scheduled to take place in LoanDepot Park in Miami Florida on June 19th. Originally, the card was set to take place on June 5th. However, with former pound-for-pound star and 2020 Hall of Famer, Floyd Mayweather, set to host his own card one day later against YouTube sensation turned de-facto boxer, Logan Paul, Triller opted to move their pay-per-view card as to avoid competing with Mayweather.
Also featured on the card, will be the return of Hall of Famer and former multiple division champion Evander Holyfield. He’ll end a decade long retirement in an exhibition contest against Kevin McBride, who will also end a decade long retirement. If Holyfield is successful in his showdown against McBride, he’ll look to stage a third showdown with long time rival Mike Tyson, who is currently preparing to take on Hall of Famer Lennox Lewis in an exhibition contest in September.
Oscar Valdez: “I Think Shakur (Stevenson) Can Beat Gervonta (Davis) But I Would Go With Gervonta”
By: Hans Themistode
Although it took place several months ago, Oscar Valdez hasn’t stopped smiling since defeating Miguel Berchelt in late February. The win for Valdez allowed him to wrap the WBC super featherweight world title around his waist.
Now, looking ahead, Valdez is currently weighing his options. Amongst them, is a showdown with former Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson. The two have jarred back and forth and appear willing to face one another in the near future. While that option is appealing, so is a showdown against multiple division titlist Gervonta Davis. The Baltimore native is currently scheduled to move up to 140 pounds in an effort to become a three-division world champion as he takes on WBA ‘Regular’ belt holder, Mario Barrios.
If for some reason, Davis decides to drop back down in weight, Valdez would love to step into the ring with him.
“I think he would be one of my toughest fights,” said Valdez during an interview with BoxingInsider.com “I know he struggles to make weight but he did make it for his last fight against Leo Santa Cruz. Me and him would be a great fight.”
Any talks of a matchup between Valdez and Davis will be met with immediate fulmination from Stevenson. After moving up in weight in 2020, the New Jersey native promptly shifted his attention to Valdez, consistently calling for a matchup between them.
By no means is Valdez avoiding any of the competition at 130 pounds but he simply views Davis as the more dangerous and interesting contest. If by chance, Stevenson opted to move away from Valdez and chase a showdown against Davis, Valdez views it as an extremely competitive contest. With that said, if forced to make a pick, Valdez grinds his teeth before ultimately making his selection.
“I think styles make fights. I think Shakur can beat Gervonta but I would go with Gervonta. He’s a strong, strong guy.”
Bradley ‘The Sting’ Rea Discusses His Future Plans
By: Oliver McManus
Brad Rea has had to be patient for his big opportunity. After building up on the small hall scene of Manchester, Rea first featured on a Matchroom Boxing undercard in March 2020 and moved to 9-0 in breezy fashion.
That show would prove to be one of the last in the United Kingdom before the pandemic intervened and it was 54 weeks later until Rea would have his tenth professional contest.
The 23-year-old was drafted into the Matchroom ‘bubble’ for a bout with, fellow undefeated prospect, Lee Cutler (7-0). Having waited well over a year to be back in action, Rea wasted no time in racking up the win with the fight lasting all of two minutes.
Reflecting on that bout, the middleweight told BoxingInsider.com, it was an experience well worth the wait.
“In the lead up to the fight me and Blain (Younis, Rea’s coach) were confident, we really were, that we were going to win in pretty convincing fashion. A lot of kids in my position aren’t getting the chance to box at the moment so, yes, I was happy just to be there but I was going to grab the opportunity with both hands.
I hit him with a nothing shot early on and you could see the shock in his face. Blain (Younis) told me to hit him hard early on and he started to back up as soon I’d got a couple shots off. I realized pretty early on that the early stoppage was going to be an option and once his facial expression changed I thought to put my foot on the gas and look to get the fight finished.”
Both men were ferociously confident throughout the build-up but Rea felt Cutler was investing too much in a shared sparring session from a couple of years previously. Lifting the lid on that, the 23-year-old conceded it had been an evenly contested spar but said it highlighted just how much he’d developed since.
“Me and Lee sparred a couple years ago and it felt as though in the bubble and in his interviews he was basing a lot off that spar. It was a good spar but it was his last in a camp, one of my first days back in the gym and I was 20/21 at the time so it wasn’t anything to read too much into. He seemed to be taking confidence from that but obviously, I’ve got a lot stronger since that session and that showed on the night.”
For a fighter who turned professional at the tender age of 20 and quickly settled into the routine of fighting once every two months, the pandemic posed the first opportunity since his debut for a period of reflection. Having secured the backing of Ricky Hatton, and training with Blain Younis, the three years since his debut has been a whirlwind of development.
Nicknamed ‘The Sting’ Rea – thanks to his venomous punch power and not a nod to his love of the Bee Movie – the Stretford man has visibly bulked out since his debut. That progress, he said, was in part down to being able to spend more time focussing on the finer details of the sport during the pandemic.
“I’ve definitely got much more mature in the ring since my debut. Both physically where I’m hitting harder and in better shape but mentally where I’ve been able to reflect and look carefully at what I’m doing. I’ve been able to work on areas I wouldn’t normally be able to dedicate too much time to strength and conditioning, for example, that’s come on massively this past year. I’m more adaptable than this time last year and, actually, if the fight went on a little longer that’s what I was hoping to show people.”
That increased maturity is equally reflected outside of the ring with the 23-year-old becoming a man in every sense of the word. He candidly admitted the past twelve months have seen him ‘grow up an awful lot.’
“Yeah, I’m definitely at that stage where you could say I’m starting to ‘become an adult’ and (I’m) doing more grown-up things around the house. I’d be a good little house husband, to be honest, I’ve realized that over the past year: I can do anything but ironing. That’s changed my mentality, though, where I’ve started getting things in order and I’m hoping that’s going to rub off in the ring.”
A fight being touted for when fans are able to return is between Bradley Rea and, popular Stoke lad, Nathan Heaney. Heaney, with a record of 11-0, has become infamous in the UK for his passionate fanbase and viral ringwalk. It’s a contest that promises to be an insatiable Stoke vs Manchester rivalry and one that Rea is eager to make happen.
“When I turned pro, it was these sort of fights, with the huge atmosphere, that I wanted to be part of. Nathan is a big-ticket seller, I can shift a few, and it’s a great clash of styles to welcome the fans back. Whether it’s in Stoke, Manchester, or wherever it really doesn’t matter to me: it’s a fight that opens up a number of doors for the winner and it can only be entertaining for the fans.
I’m a little bit younger and a little bit more experienced than a lot of middleweights but I am raising a few eyebrows. I’m just a young, pale face, skinny, lanky ginger kid and if people want to take confidence from that then they’ll get a surprise when we get in the ring and I’m punching them in the face.”
Canelo Alvarez Open To One More Fight Against Gennadiy Golovkin Under One Condition: “It Would Be At 168 Pounds”
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez made a bit more room on his championship mantle. The unified super middleweight titlist added the WBO belt previously held by Billy Joe Saunders to his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine champions. The two faced off this past weekend at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
Saunders, 31, called it a night at the end of the eighth round after suffering a quadripod facial fracture. With the win, Alvarez is only one title away from becoming the first undisputed super middleweight of all time. In order to do so, Alvarez will look to take on IBF titlist, Caleb Plant.
While negotiations between both sides are yet to begin, current IBF middleweight champion, and long-time rival, Gennadiy Golovkin, may attempt to interject. With the pair sharing a long history with one another, Alvarez admits that the two may meet in the ring once more. Be that as it may, Golovkin will have to wait his turn.
“The truth is, I’m open for anything,” said Alvarez during an interview with Ring Magazine. “If the fight happens after unifying at 168 pounds, I’m open for anything.”
For Golovkin, the future first-ballot Hall of Famer still has a bone to pick with Alvarez. In September of 2017, the Kazakstan native was forced to settle for a highly controversial split decision draw against Alvarez. Unsatisfied with the results, Golovkin opted to have an immediate rematch and was subsequently defeated for the first time in his career via majority decision.
Since then, Golovkin has gotten back to his winning ways, stopping both Steve Rolls and Kamil Szeremeta while sandwiching a decision victory against Sergiy Derevyanchenko in between. Alvarez, of course, has been busy adding up the wins as well. The pound-for-pound star has picked up world titles at middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight before ultimately settling in at super middleweight.
Although Golovkin has now been a pro for a decade and a half, he has spent his entire career in the middleweight division. Despite Golovkin’s comfort at 160 pounds, Alvarez is enjoying his time eight pounds north. If Golovkin expects to get his hands on the Mexican star one final time, he’ll have to campaign at a higher weight class for the first time in his career.
“I’m open for anything, but it would be at 168 pounds,” continued Alvarez. “If he wants the fight with me, he has to do it. Why wouldn’t he do it? I went up from 154 up to 160 to fight with him. I’ve fought a lot of good fighters, a lot of champions. I beat him.”
Canelo Alvarez Believes He Knows Why Demetrius Andrade Wants To Fight Him: “Payday, Payday”
By: Hans Themistode
For a number of years now, former two-division world champion Demetrius Andrade has told everyone who would listen that he could defeat Canelo Alvarez if he was only given the chance. The Rhode Island native has chased a showdown with the Mexican star when both were campaigning at 154 and 160 pounds. Even now, with Alvarez currently one weight class higher, Andrade has repeatedly stated that he would have no issue with moving up in weight to make the fight happen.
This past weekend, Andrade continued his push to get Alvarez in the ring. The current WBO middleweight titlist sat ringside as he watched the pound-for-pound star dismantle Billy Joe Saunders, forcing the Britt to retire on his stool at the end of round eight. Following the win, Andrade took it upon himself to crash the post-fight press conference to congratulate Alvarez on the win and ask him when the two could possibly share the ring with one another. After a few minutes of back and forth arguing, Alvarez revealed that he knows why Andrade is so persistent in landing a fight with him.
“Payday, payday I know that,” said Alvarez. “You are never going to get the fight.”
With the win this past weekend, Alvarez added the WBO super middleweight belt to his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine titles. Now, the 30-year-old will look to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all-time by taking on IBF titlist Caleb Plant.
By and large, Alvarez is viewed as the consensus best fighter in the world mostly due to the proliferation of world titles he has in his possession and the numerous wins against former world champions plastered to his resume.
There’s a long list of reasons why Alvarez refuses to face Andrade but his lack of name recognition remains one of the main reasons. While the 33-year-old may have complied a spotless record through 30 professional fights, Alvarez simply has a hard time recognizing anyone he has actually stepped into the ring against.
“Man you fight with nobody, you are a champion but you fight with nobody.”
Billy Joe Saunders Did All He Could
By: Oliver McManus
Billy Joe Saunders has channeled his inner Arnold Schwarzenegger in declaring “I’ll be back” after a dispiriting defeat at the hands of Canelo Alvarez this past weekend at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
The 31-year-old suffered a broken eye socket and broken cheekbones during the contest but has subsequently undergone an operation. Mark Tibbs had pulled out his charge at the end of the eighth contest with Saunders’ face looking increasingly disfigured at the hands of the merciless Mexican.
Alvarez had eased his way into the contest after some opening rounds in which Saunders was seeing success. In truth, you get the feeling that whilst the Brit did take a handful of rounds, it was mainly due to the patience of Canelo Alvarez who knew he could turn the tide of the contest in an instant.
The 30-year-old Mexican seemed to be in little bother at the artillery coming his way; Saunders’ punches were slick but lacked the power to properly trouble his opponent.
Pockets of social media took umbrage at the scorecards returned in Arlington, Texas: Alvarez up 78-74, 78-74 and 77-75 at the time of the stoppage. All three cards seemed fair, this writer had it 77-75, with Canelo comfortably a class above as soon as he stepped on the gas.
Yet some persist with the claim that Saunders ‘outboxed the best in the world and was ‘unlucky’ to be caught by that monstrous uppercut from Canelo. Those arguments do no favours for the two-weight WBO world champion who did a far shout better than many were expecting or, indeed, were hoping.
It was a brave effort from Saunders but the harsh truth is, for many people, it simply doesn’t matter. Having conducted himself in poor regard for the past few years – controversy or distraction is only ever seconds away – he’s at a stage where a lot of people take satisfaction in his defeats. Perhaps from that sense, the logical match-up is a rematch with Chris Eubank Jr. who, whilst less controversial, is equally divisive.
Alvarez, meanwhile, can turn his gaze to becoming undisputed champion at 168lbs with Caleb Plant, IBF Champion, the missing piece in the jigsaw.
Mikey Garcia On Canelo Alvarez: “I Don’t Think Anybody Can Beat Him”
By: Hans Themistode
An epiphany of sorts hit Mikey Garcia. The former four-division world champion sat ringside this past weekend at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas as unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez dominated Billy Joe Saunders, causing the British native to retire on his stool at the end of round eight. After their showdown, it was revealed that Saunders suffered a quadripod fracture and is now facing an uncertain future.
With the super middleweight division filled with several top-level fighters, the weight class is commonly regarded as one of the deepest in all of boxing. Still, despite that, Garcia believes everyone else is fighting for second place as he doesn’t see anyone handing Alvarez a defeat anytime soon.
“I don’t think anybody can beat him,” said Garcia during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “I think he’s the best one.”
Alvarez, 30, adjusted quickly to the box first approach of Saunders as he quietly stalked his man in the opening round. After successfully evading most of the Mexican star’s deleterious shots during the first half, Alvarez found what he was looking for as he landed a huge right uppercut that effectively ended the night.
Regardless of the one-sided nature of their contest, Garcia tips his cap in the direction of Saunders. Although Alvarez ultimately won, the slick southpaw made things a bit more interesting than most were expecting.
“Great performance,” said Garcia of Alvarez. “He had an answer for everything. Saunders had a little bit of success in the middle rounds but not enough to complicate things too much. I think Canelo did great.”
With Alvarez adding the WBO super middleweight belt previously held by Saunders to his WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine titles – the pound-for-pound star is only one title short of becoming the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time. To do so, Alvarez will look to now take on IBF titlist, Caleb Plant.
The Nashville Tennessee native hasn’t backed down from his belief that no matter how great Alvarez is, the Mexican product will ultimately fall at his hands. In the opinion of Garcia, however, he simply doesn’t agree with that statement. While he acknowledges that Plant is a terrific fighter, he merely views Alvarez as someone on another level.
“Caleb needs to box tremendously all night, which he can, I’m not saying he can’t but I just think Canelo will have an answer for it.”
Edgar Berlanga: “Billy (Joe Saunders) P*ssy”
By: Hans Themistode
Super middleweight contender Edgar Berlanga was not too pleased with the performance of Billy Joe Saunders this past Saturday night. The British native took on unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez in front of over 73,000 fans at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
Saunders, 31, attempted to box and move against Alvarez but his defensive acumen was no match for the offensive onslaught of the Mexican star. With the right eye of Saunders falling apart, the slick southpaw was forced to remain on his stool as the start of round nine began. Despite Saunders suffering a quadripod fracture and has since undergone surgery, Berlanga ripped into his actions.
“Billy p*ssy,” said Berlanga during an interview with ESNews. “He quit. At this caliber man, you supposed to show out. Give a f*ck if you go down, if you get knocked out, you get stopped you supposed to go out like a champ. To quit on the stool like that is no good.”
The exact moment in which Alvarez essentially shattered the face of Saunders, took place in the eighth round. The British product lunged in with a left hand and attempted to duck low once he missed. A fully aware Alvarez connected with a sharp right uppercut that left Saunders on weak legs. The bell to end the round came soon after and a wincing Saunders slumped into his corner. His team attempted desperately to reduce the swelling but we’re unable to. As round nine began, Saunders remained on his stool as his corner waved their hands and said their man was done for the night.
Prior to the stoppage, Saunders appeared to be boxing well. Two of the three judges sitting ringside had their contest 6-2 in favor of Alvarez while the third and final judge had it a bit closer at 5-3. Reporter and commentator for DAZN in, Chris Mannix, actually had Saunders winning by the score of 5-3.
In the mind of Berlanga, he vehemently disagrees with the scorecard of Mannix. He also disagrees with anyone who gave Saunders even a single round. In Berlanga’s opinion, Alvarez was dishing out a one-sided beating.
“He won every round in my eyes. Billy Joe wasn’t doing nothing, he was running.”
Jermall Charlo Wants His Shot Against Canelo Alvarez: “Make The Fight Happen Now”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo watched closely from beginning to sudden end as Canelo Alvarez dominated Billy Joe Saunders. The two faced off last night at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas in a super middleweight unification bout.
Although the British product expressed an enormous amount of hubris heading into their showdown, Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) simply smiled as he warned Saunders that a beating unlike anything he’s witnessed was about to take place. Staying true to his words, Alvarez did just that as he shattered the right orbital bone of Saunders and forced him to remain on his stool for the beginning of the ninth round.
As Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) sat back and witnessed Alvarez put on a show in front of over 73,000 screaming fans, the Houston native has grown antsy in his wait to fight the Mexican star. Despite Charlo currently campaigning one weight class lower in the middleweight division and regardless of how much his WBC title means to him, the surly knockout artist is willing to risk it all to land the fight he craves mosts.
“F*ck the money, f*ck the fame, f*ck the networks,” said Charlo during an Instagram post. “I’ll lose my title and go to 168, make the fight happen now.”
For years now, Charlo has called for a shot to take on Alvarez. In 2018, Charlo successfully worked his way to the mandated position for the WBC middleweight title, which at the time, was held by Alvarez. While Charlo was hopeful that a showdown between himself and the Mexican native would become a reality, he was left apoplectic as Alvarez was instead, given the WBC Franchise title and made his move to the 168-pound division.
At the moment, Charlo is scheduled to take on middleweight fringe contender Juan Macias Montiel on June 18th. Should he walk away from their contest with the win, Charlo appears more than willing to make the move to the 168-pound division as long as Alvarez is prepared to give him the next title shot.
With Alvarez considered by most as the number one fighter in the world, Charlo’s desire to face him, in part, is due to his lofty status. But, more than anything, the Houston product is under the belief that their showdown is ultimately something that is necessary.
“Boxing needs to see this.”
Shinard Bunch Scores First-Round Knockout In Philadelphia
By: Steven Galeano
Hard-hitting prospect Shinard Bunch (15-1, 13 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, recorded a first-round knockout over Diego Vicente Perez (13-13-1, 11 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. The card was promoted by RDR Promotions and streamed live on BXNG TV.
The bout marked Bunch’s fifth fight of 2021 and he is set to return again next Saturday night in Myrtle Beach, SC.
The bout lasted just 34 seconds as Bunch landed a hard jab to the body of Perez early in round one, scoring a knockdown. After Perez beat the count, Bunch quickly jumped on Perez and landed a crushing overhand right to floor Perez for a second time, prompting the referee to immediately stop the contest.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, Bunch continues to maintain an incredible level of activity. The super lightweight prospect turned pro in April of 2019, yet has reeled off 17 fights in the span of just 25 months. Already, he’s scheduled to fight again on May 15, his activity will eventually slow down but Bunch figures to see himself in significant fights very soon. At 21-years-old, Bunch continues to prove himself as a prospect to watch in the 140lb division, which is filled with a pool of talented rising contenders.
In other action, 2020 U.S Olympic Trials bronze medalist, Rashiem Jefferson (6-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, scored a dominant six-round unanimous decision over tough veteran Diuhl Olguin (15-17-4, 10 KOs) of Jalisco, Mexico. Olguin tried to push the talented Jefferson, who proved to be elusive and put on an excellent display of boxing ability. Just 19-years-old, Jefferson is one of the best rising prospects in the featherweight division, already taking on tough competition during his first six outings.
Scores were – 60-54, 60-54, 59-55, all for Jefferson.
RDR Promotions returns to 2300 Arena on June 25.
Canelo Alvarez Makes Billy Joe Saunders Eat His Words, Beats Him Down Then Stops Him In The 8th
By: Hans Themistode
For years now, Billy Joe Saunders watched as unified super middleweight champion, Canelo Alvarez, destroyed the competition. Yet, no matter who he defeated, Saunders claimed that he knew exactly what to do to defeat the Mexican star. Tonight, at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, Saunders (30-1, 14 KOs) was given his opportunity. However, he quickly learned that defeating Saunders is more difficult than he realized.
From the moment the opening bell rang, Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) walked towards his man and kept a high guard. At no point did the Mexican native throw a punch. Instead, he simply gauged his opponent and got a feel for his range. Saunders, in no mood to allow Alvarez to push him back, flicked out a persistent jab that seemingly had no effect. With only a few seconds remaining in the round, Alvarez began letting his hands go.
As round two rolled by, Alvarez got more and more comfortable. Still, he kept his punch output low and focused more on accuracy. His game plan worked flawlessly as Alvarez tagged his man repeatedly.
Although Alvarez appeared to be edging ahead, Saunders began finding his rhythm and timing. On several occasions, Alvarez found himself hitting nothing but air as Saunders came back with several hard shots of his own.
In what became a theme, Alvarez picked up on the tendencies of Saunders. The slick southpaw would repeatedly duck low in an attempt to avoid the punches coming in his direction. While it may have worked early on, Alvarez began adjusting. As the former two-division star would dip low, Alvarez would throw a well-placed uppercut that left his man on weak legs.
With what appeared to be a closing right eye, Saunders fought more aggressively in the middle rounds. He ditched his box first approach and instead, opted to engage with Alvarez in the center of the ring. At times, the former WBO super middleweight belt holder found success. However, more times than not, he was on the wrong end of several well-placed shots.
Round seven saw Alvarez come out as aggressive as ever. He punished Saunders and attacked his midsection throughout the round. While that appeared to be his shining moment, Alvarez took things up a notch in round eight.
Under normal circumstances, Alvarez is composed and refuses to engage in trash talk. This time around, that simply wasn’t the case. Throughout the entirety of their fight buildup, Saunders insulted Alvarez at every turn. While Alvarez would say little in return, he warned Saunders that he would pay dearly for it with the price of a knockout win and the forfeiture of his world title.
Alvarez stayed true to his word as he toyed with Saunders. With each deleterious shot that landed, Alvarez would stand back and place his hands in the air in an attempt to implore the crowd to rise to their feet. On numerous occasions, Saunders attempted to hold but Alvarez refused to be entangled with his man and continued his offensive onslaught.
As round eight came to a close, Saunders appeared to wince in pain. He slumped into his corner, seemingly a defeated man as his corner tried desperately to relieve the pressure of his closed eye. Despite their efforts, the right eye of Saunders was closed shut. With the bell ringing to signal the start of the ninth, Alvarez jumped to his feet as if to say he was ready to dish out more punishment to Saunders and force him to eat his words.
With that said, Saunders remained in his corner, hands on the ropes and feet spread out. Within seconds, his corner waved the white flag and officially called the end of their showdown. A normally reserved Alvarez jumped onto the shoulders of his trainer, Eddy Reynoso, and pounded his chest as his shoulders were draped in gold.
Now, with three of the four super middleweight world titles wrapped safely around his waist, Alvarez set his sights on the last remaining champion, IBF titlist, Caleb Plant.
“That’s the plan,” said Alvarez. “Caleb Plant.”
Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders Undercard Results: Frank Sanchez Takes Home Awkward Victory Over Nagy Aguilera
Everything was going the way Frank Sanchez envisioned it. The heavyweight contender was thorouhgly outboxing Nagy Aguilera on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders earlier tonight at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
While Aguilera was clearly overmatched, the heavyweight fringe contender showed no quit. Well, up until he did. After Sanchez seemingly grazed the back of the head of Sanchez in the sixth, Aguilera hit the deck. He attempted to make his way back to his feet but fell flat on his back in an over exaggerated sort of way. As the ringside doctor stepped in to examine him, Aguilera refused to get up.
In what appeared to be an attempt to pick up the win via disqualification, Aguilera’s plan backfired as the scorecards were called upon. Shortly after, Sanchez was easily given the unanimous decision victory.
Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders Undercard Results: Marc Castro Destorys Irving Macias Castillo
Marc Castro absolutely walked right through Irving Macias Castillo on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas Texas.
At no point was their contest even remotely competitive as Castro simply had his way with his man from start to finish.
Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders Undercard Results: Keyshawn Davis Makes It Look Easy Against Jose Antonio Meza
It was another easy night’s work for rising super lightweight prospect Keyshawn Davis. With the Virginia native earning a spot on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders tonight at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas the 22-year-old did not disappoint.
After clearly outboxing Jose Antonio Meza early (7-5, 2 KOs) on, Davis (3-0, 2 KOs) visibly hurt his man with a sneaky left hand in the opening few minutes. Although he managed to escape the round, the punishment continued as Davis was simply too fast, too good and too strong as he rolled to a unanimous decision victory on the night.