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Billy Joe Saunders to fight Canelo Alvarez after Mexican KOs Avni Yilidirm


Brit-basher Canelo Alvarez will bid to make Billy Joe Saunders his sixth victim from these shores on May 8.

The Mexican announced he will take on his fellow super-middleweight world champion following his third-round stoppage of Avni Yildirim last night.

And he will expect Saunders to suffer the same fate as Ryan Rhodes, Matthew Hatton, Amir Khan, Rocky Fielding and Callum Smith.

Alvarez was making a quick return to the ring following his points win over Smith in December.

But he was barely made to sweat by mandatory challenger Yildirim who retired on his stool having been knocked down in the third round.



Billy Joe Saunders will take on Canelo in May

“It’s great to be active,” said Canelo, who was due to fight Saunders last May before the pandemic hit. “I needed the knockout and that’s what I did.

“It doesn’t matter if they’re taller and they have a greater reach, I come here to win. I feel strong, I feel fast and I feel comfortable.

“I’ll fight anyone, I’ll fight the best at 168lb. We want to unify and Billy Joe Saunder is a champion.

“He will talk but I am a very mature fighter. I will win and make history.

“I want to make history, I don’t want to be like anyone. When they talk about boxing I want them to think of Canelo.”

Saunders was the middleweight world champion before moving up a division to win the 168lb version by beating Shefat Isufi two years ago.

He has fought just twice since then; a below-par performance against Marcelo Esteban Coceres in Los Angeles in 2020 before a points win over Martin Murray last December.

Promoter Eddie Hearn added: “Last year we missed out on Cinco de Mayo, but this year it’s going to be a very special occasion.

“He will continue his bid to unify the division, May 8 against Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO world champion who is 30-0.”





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