Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders will face off in front of 60,000 fans at their world super-middleweight title bout on May 8.
The unification fight, with three of the four belts on the line – Canelo’s WBC and WBA with Saunders’ WBO – will take place at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in front of what will be the biggest boxing audience since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
Mexican Canelo is facing Englishman Saunders on his country’s traditional Cinco de Mayo celebratory weekend, at the home of NFL side Dallas Cowboys, the same stadium in which he beat Liam Smith in 2016.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (centre) will face Billy Joe Saunders in front of 60,000 fans on May 8
As indicated by promoted Eddie Hearn, three of four super-middleweight belts are on the line
Promoter Eddie Hearn said: ‘It’s an absolute honour to bring this huge event to the AT&T Stadium.
‘Last year Canelo missed out on his historic Cinco De Mayo fight, and to bring over 60,000 fans together at this iconic stadium this year is a dream come true.’
Cowboys owner and president Jerry Jones said: ‘We are proud to host a boxing match of this magnitude as we welcome back Canelo to AT&T Stadium to take on Saunders.
British fighter Saunders is undefeated in his professional career with 30 wins from 30 fights
‘AT&T Stadium was built to house the greatest sporting events on the planet, and we feel we have another incredible boxing event on the horizon with this matchup.’
Saunders, at 31 one year older than his opponent, has an undefeated record with 30 wins from 30 fights, but has not fought since facing Martin Murray on December 4 last year.
Canelo, whose only career defeat in 58 bouts came against Floyd Mayweather in 2013, has fought twice since then, beating Callum Smith in late December and Avni Yildirim on February 27.