Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez beat England’s Billy Joe Saunders by retirement before the ninth round on Saturday in Texas. The 30-year-old boxer kept his WBC and WBA super middleweight belts and added his opponent’s WBO title to them.
Billy Joe Saunders held up well but Canelo Alvarez was too strong. Simply. The Mexican won the WBO belt and retained his WBA and WBC super middleweight titles, beating England’s Billy Joe Saunders in the 9th round on Saturday in Arlington, TX.
The now triple champion now has a record of 56 wins (38 by KO) for one defeat and two ties. In the wake of the great victory of French Souleymane Cissokho, the native of Guadalajara stood out in front of a crowd of 73,126 people gathered in the stadium of the NFL franchise of the Dallas Cowboys.
Canelo martyred Saunders’ right eye
After a majestic entry into the ring, three days after the gossip of the famous Mexican Cinco de Mayo, Canelo Alvarez returned to this duel between champions better. Opposite, Billy Joe Saunders showed good things but was already behind in the score (78-74, 78-74 and 77-75) when his camp decided to throw in the towel.
It is at the end of an eighth round where the Mexican unleashed his rival, who had suffered his assaults until then, without demerit in defense or against, that his injury under the right eye pushed his camp to throw in the towel. Billy Joe Saunders was then rushed to hospital for examination as a fractured cheekbone was suspected by his clan.
Canelo had struck him, as his strategy had wanted from the beginning, powerful right hooks to the body then to the face and even to the neck, when the opening was done. And it has been done more and more systematically. Which didn’t stop the brave Saunders from standing.
“I knew the fight was going to start in the eighth round. But it wasn’t as hard as I expected, I realize my preparation was good and I’m improving day by day,” Hot said the winner, adding that he understood that he would not lose “because I broke his cheekbone”.
A unification fight against Plant?
While Saunders heals his injuries and rebuilds himself after the first loss of his professional career, Canelo Alvarez is not planning on stopping. The Mexican is not lacking in ambition for the future and wants to face Caleb Plant in an attempt to snatch the IBF super middleweight title from him.
“The fight against Plant is the only fight for Canelo, said famous promoter Eddie Hearn after the Mexican victory on Saturday. Hopefully Caleb agrees and we can do it in September!”
And obviously, the American champion would not say no to a unification fight. With his superb victory against Billy Joe Saunders, Canelo Alvarez is already not far from being able to claim the title of king of super-middleweight. It now remains to be crowned the undisputed champion of the category.