May 2nd was the date penciled in for the Canelo Alvarez-Billy Joe Saunders Las Vegas showdown. The fight, which would have been streamed on DAZN, would have taken place at the T-Mobile Arena on the traditional Cinco de Mayo boxing weekend. Saunders WBO super middleweight title would have been at stake.
With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the world and sports calendar, the fight is expected to be pushed back to June or possibly get cancelled altogether now that an agreement has been made for Alvarez to face Gennadiy Golovkin in a trilogy bout on September 12th during Mexican Independence Day weekend.
Alvarez opened up a big betting favorite when the fight was first announced. The odds reflected Saunders struggles in his most recent bout versus Marcelo Coceres in November. Saunders was listless for much of the fight before dropping Coceres 3 times in the 11th round to secure the stoppage victory.
Devin Haney also fought on the card and agrees with the theory that sometimes fighters don't get up lower profile fights.
“Oh for sure. A lot of fighters do that. He fought a guy that people didn’t know who he was. Nobody knew who he was so he didn’t know what to expect. I think that for Canelo Alvarez he is going to give him a run for money,” Haney told BoxingScene.com.
While Haney pitched a shutout on the scorecards in his fight against Alfredo Santiago, he also received criticism for the way the fight played out.
“I took my opponent in like a week’s notice or something like that. It was just a lot of stuff that was going on. I never make excuses. I am able to adjust to any opponent that I fight. I went in there and won every single round on every judge’s scorecard. I can’t complain,” said Haney.
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