Fight week is upon us for one of the biggest fights of the 2021 calendar. Current pound-for-pound king Canelo Álvarez will face Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday, May 8 to determine the undisputed champ of the super middleweight division. The fight will stream on DAZN and top what is currently a 7-fight card.
Álvarez enters the fight with a 54-1-2 record and holds the WBA super world and WBC world super middleweight titles, as well as recognition as The Ring Magazine’s super middleweight king. Álvarez moved up to super middleweight in December 2018 after beating Gennadiy Golovkin. He returned for another fight and effectively cleaned out the division. He won the WBA title in his first super middleweight fight against Rocky Fielding and added the WBC title and The Ring Magazine title in a win over Callum Smith.
He is facing undefeated Billy Joe Saunders, who is 30-0 and enters the right holding the WBO’s version of the super middleweight title. Saunders claimed that title in his first fight at super middleweight, beating Shefat Isufi via unanimous decision. He has since made two successful title defenses leading up to this unification bout.
Álvarez is a heavy favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. Odds for an Álvarez stoppage vs. decision are sufficiently close that the odds for this going more than 10.5 rounds is favored.
Canelo Álvarez: -715
Billy Joe Saunders: +425
Canelo Álvarez: -670
Billy Joe Saunders: +450
To go the distance
Álvarez by KO, TKO, DQ: +110
Álvarez by points (after 12 rounds): +135
Saunders by points (after 12 rounds): +500
Saunders by KO, TKO, DQ: +2000
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