Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida - On Saturday night, promoter Eddie Hearn officially announced the fight that he tried to finalize in 2020.
On May 8th, at a location to be determined, super middleweights Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) and Billy Joe Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs) will collide in a WBC, WBO, WBA world title unification.
The two boxers were initially scheduled to fight in May of last year, with the event being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is one of the biggest fights in the sport of boxing,” said Hearn.
“The pound-for-pound king on the road to undisputed against the unbeaten champion who has long believed he can overcome him. After missing a chance to fight and celebrate on Cinco de Mayo last year this is going to be very special, we look forward to welcoming you for this momentous event.”
The Mexican superstar is making up for lost time after fighting only once in 2020.
On Saturday night at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Canelo blew away mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim (21-3, 12 KOs) in three rounds.
Canelo made a quick return to the ring, with his last fight taking place in December. He dominated unbeaten Brit Callum Smith over twelve round to capture the WBC, WBA titles.
And now in less than three months he will face Saunders.
The fight between Canelo and Saunders will be exclusively streamed by DAZN in every country except Mexico.
"Canelo vs. Saunders is a fascinating matchup of champions with massive international appeal,” said Ed Breeze, DAZN EVP, Rights.
“From what we expect to be a fiery promotion to the competition in the ring, we’re thrilled to deliver this fight to DAZN subscribers across the world.”