Saul Canelo Alvarez (56-1-2) on Sunday once again confirmed his status as the best boxer of today. More than 70,000 spectators came to the AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Mexican flags flooded the stands, and all Alvarez fans watched as their favorite stopped Billy Joe Saunders (30-1) and thus united the WBA, WBC, and WBO titles in the super middleweight category.
The Briton announced a surprise, but more accurate was the prediction of Canel Alvarez who announced that this fight will not reach the 10th round. That is what happened because the fight was stopped in the break between the eighth and ninth.
After a slightly more cautious opening on both sides, Canelo becomes more aggressive in the second and third rounds. And just when he seemed to be sailing towards a new safe and easy victory, the Briton catches the rhythm, moves better and better, dodges, and hits the Mexican superstar from a distance.
The fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh rounds were very competitive, Saunders seemed to take the initiative, but Canelo rises in the eighth. One great uppercut shook the Briton, the audience jumped to their feet, Canelo started attacking the body ...
It was obvious in those moments that Billy Joe was slightly shaken, but he heard the bell for the end of the round.
End of the match
During the break before the start of the fight, the cameras showed Saunders' angle, his right eye was closed, and the coaches estimated that this was not a condition in which he could continue the match against a fighter like Canelo.
It was then clear that the match for Saunders was over and that Alvarez would win The end of the match and the madness in the stands! Canelo joined the belts in front of a record number of spectators for a boxing match in a covered enclosure in the United States.
Official numbers showed 73,126 spectators. In 1978, Leon Spinks defeated the legendary Muhammad Ali in front of 63,352 people at the Superdome in New Orleans, but that record has now been surpassed by almost 10,000 more fans.
The number of spectators says enough about how important this match was and how much attention it had. The spectators could really enjoy the fight between the two great fighters, but still, Alvarez showed that the level is above and thus took the victory that will give him extra confidence.
There will be a longer break for both fighters and after that we will find out their future plans
Alvarez will have an extra motive to win, and his next opponent will be extremely difficult. Alvarez has shown that he is a phenomenal fighter and whoever he is will have to work hard