(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Billy Joe Saunders is in exceptional shape with his unification bout against Canelo Alvarez now less than three weeks away.
The undefeated Brit, who was expected to fight Canelo on Cinco de Mayo last year prior to the outbreak of coronavirus, will finally get his shot on May 8, when he puts his WBO super-middleweight strap up against his opponent’s WBC and WBA titles in a mouthwatering unification clash.
Saunders has fought just once in the last 12 months, in December last year, defeating Martin Murray via a unanimous decision, while Canelo has stepped up his activity since becoming a free agent, stopping Avni Yildirim in February, just three months after his highly impressive points win over Callum Smith.
The fight will be held in front of a capacity 60,000 crowd at AT&T Stadium in Texas, the home of NFL side Dallas Cowboys, in what will be the largest boxing event worldwide since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Canelo has just the one defeat to Floyd Mayweather in an otherwise near-spotless record and has defeated six Brits on his way to stardom. But Saunders believes he will be the man to finally dethrone the great Mexican, and he has utilised some of the psychological warfare we’ve become accustomed to in previous build-ups.