The super middleweight division will be on display this weekend as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faces off against Billy Joe Saunders in the second of what is expected to be three title fights to unify the super middleweight division. Alvarez holds WBA and WBC titles while Saunders holds the WBO title. Barring a rematch, the winner of this fight will likely face Caleb Plant for the IBF title, which would unify the division.
The card gets going at 8 p.m. ET and will air on DAZN via live stream. We can expect Alvarez and Saunders to make their rings walks right around 11 p.m., depending on how long the undercard lasts.
Alvarez enters the fight with a 55-1-2 record. The multi-weight class champion is unbeaten since entering the super middleweight ranks in 2018. The lone loss of his career came at super welterweight against pound-for-pound champ Floyd Mayweather on September 14, 2013. Two judges in that fight scored it in Mayweather’s favor (116-112 and 117-111) and one judge scored it a 114-114 draw. Alvarez entered the fight 42-0-1 and was the underdog, so it is not a surprise he lost his zero to an all-timer in the boxing ranks.
Alvarez has two draws on his record and they came at very different times in his professional career. The first draw came in his fifth career fight, which came against Jorge Juarez. The four-round fight came on June 20, 2006 and was fought at welterweight. One judge scored it 39-37 for Alvarez, one scored it 39-37 for Juarez, and one scored it 38-38.
The second draw of Alvarez’s career came in a slightly higher profile fight. Following his loss to Mayweather, Alvarez won seven straight fights that included claiming the WBA and The Ring middleweight titles. In his 52nd career fight, Alvarez faced Gennadiy Golovkin for those two belts plus Golovkin’s WBC middleweight title on September 16, 2017. One judge scored the fight 115-113 for Golovkin, one scored it a 114-114 draw, and one went wildly the other direction with a 118-110 decision for Alvarez to create the draw.
Alvarez never fought a second time against Mayweather or Juarez, but he did face Golovkin immediately after the draw. The two squared off on September 15, 2018, nearly one year to the day after their first fight. Alvarez won a majority decision, claiming two scorecards at 115-113 with a third scorecard deciding the fight a 114-114 draw.
Saunders enters this fight with s 30-0 record and holding the WBO super middleweight title. Saunders claimed the title with a May 18, 2019 win over Shefat Isufi via unanimous decision. He is currently the fourth-ranked super middleweight.