Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders date: UK start time, ring walks, TV channel, live stream and undercard for huge unification clash next weekend

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is set to take on Billy Joe Saunders in a huge unification bout next weekend.

Canelo retained his WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring super-middleweight titles in February when he breezed past Turkey’s Avni Yildirim.

Canelo Alvarez is looking to claim Billy Joe Saunders’ WBO title
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It took his record to an incredible 55 wins and he’ll now be looking to claim another and add more gold to his collection.

Britain’s Saunders, who defeated Martin Murray last December, is the WBO champion and is confident of upsetting the odds and beating the great Canelo.

It should be a thrilling fight and here’s everything we know about it so far…

Alvarez v Saunders: Date and how to watch

This 12-round super-middleweight bout will take place on Saturday, May 8 and is being held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.   

The main event ring walks are scheduled to begin at 4am on Sunday morning UK time.

Streaming service DAZN will be showing the fight in the UK. DAZN costs £1.99 per month and subscribers can cancel anytime.

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Alvarez v Saunders: Undercard

Subject to change

  • MAIN EVENT: Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders – for WBO, WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring super-middleweight titles
  • Elwin Soto vs Katsunari Takayama
  • Kieron Conway vs Souleymane Cissokho
  • Frank Sanchez vs Many Aguilera
  • Marc Castro vs TBA
  • Keyshawn Davis vs TBA
  • Christian Alan Gomez Duran vs TBA
  • Kelvin Davis vs TBA

Billy Joe Saunders emulated Tyson Fury with impressive body transformation as he turned his career around to finally secure Canelo Alvarez fight

Billy Joe Saunders is confident of upsetting the odds and beating Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
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Alvarez v Saunders: What’s been said?

Billy Joe Saunders: “Canelo, I’m ready to rock and roll. 

“You have to dare to be great and you aren’t going to be a great if you don’t beat the greats. 

“I believe I am the only one with the footwork, know-how, skill-set, mindset and brain to unlock that door in Canelo.

“He’s the main man in the sport and the face of boxing. You have to give him respect, he hasn’t ducked anyone, he’s beaten good names, but nobody is unbeatable, and I believe I have got the tools to beat him if I use them properly and if the game plan comes off that I believe works.

“I am looking at the golden ticket to cement my legacy, and that’s how you have to go in there to beat him. 

“I’ve won everything from Southern Area to world titles, I could say, ‘I’ve won it all, been to the Olympics, I’m unbeaten — I’ll see you later’.

“But I’ve only just turned 31, I’ve got no miles on the clock, haven’t taken any punishment. I believe he’s been in harder fights than me and has more miles, so I want to cement my legacy and beat him.”

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Alvarez v Saunders: Tale of the Tape

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