Canelo Álvarez and Billy Joe Saunders square off on Saturday, May 8 in a main event that puts the super middleweight division on display. Three alphabet titles are on the line and a chance to gain the upperhand in the division. If Álvarez wins, he will likely face IBF champ Caleb Plant for the undisputed super middleweight title. If Saunders wins what would be a huge upset, his next fight would likely be a rematch with Canelo.
The main event will start sometime in the 11 p.m. ET hour, but it will be preceded by three hours featuring a couple interesting fights. The main card starts at 8 p.m. and will air via live stream on DAZN.
The penultimate fight of the night features a junior flyweight championship bout between WBO title-holder Elwin Soto and 11th ranked Katsunari Takayama. Soto has won 16 straight fights and this will be his third title defense. Takayama is making his second straight junior flyweight appearance after spending much of his career at minimum weight.
The card will also feature 16-1-1 Kieron Conway defending his WBA Inter-Continental super welterweight title against 12-0 Souleymane Cissokho. Conway is fighting in America for the first time and has won four straight since a draw against Ted Cheeseman. The two were scheduled to fight last December but was canceled due to “administrative reasons” in the Cissokho camp.
Finally, we get a secondary heavyweight title fight when Frank Sánchez puts his WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title on the line against Nagy Aguilera. The 17-0 Sánchez is currently the 14th ranked heavyweight in the WBC rankings. Aguilera is 21-10 with three losses in his last five fights and is basically a punching bag. It’s unclear why Sánchez is fighting Aguilera instead of taking a step up in competition.
Canelo vs. Saunders full card
- Main event: Canelo Álvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders for Alvarez’s WBC and WBA super middleweight titles and Saunders’ WBO super middleweight title
- Elwin Soto vs. Katsunari Takayama, for Soto’s WBO junior flyweight title
- Kieron Conway vs. Souleymane Cissokho, for WBA Inter-Continental super welterweight title
- Frank Sánchez vs. Nagy Aguilera, for WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
- Marc Castro vs. Irving Macias Castillo, junior lightweights
- Keyshawn Davis vs. Jose Antonio Meza, lightweights
- Kelvin Davis vs. Jan Marsalek, welterweights
- Christian Alan Gomez Duran vs. Xavier Wilson, welterweights