AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas - In a unification showdown for the WBC, WBO, WBA super middleweight titles, a crowd of over 73,000 saw Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) stop Billy Joe Saunders (30-1, 14 KOs) in eight rounds. (photos by Ed Mulholland)
It was a tactical boxing match in the first round. Canelo was applying a lot of pressure. Saunders was jabbing well, but it was Canelo looking to unload with the heavy hits. Canelo was landing the much bigger punches during the second round. In the third, Canelo was throwing solid jabs. There weren't enough to prevent Canelo from throwing and landing the big shots.
Saunders landed a good combination at the start of the fourth. Canelo was going the body to slow Saunders down. He connected with a big uppercut that Saunders took well. In the fifth, Saunders was able to land good punches while Canelo was talking him in the round.
During the sixth, Saunders was doing good defense and landing well on Canelo, who came back at the end with several good shots in the final minute. Saunders with a series of punches at the start of the seventh. The action was close with both having their moments.
Saunders is moving and boxing in the eight. Canelo seemed to hurt Saunders with a punch that damaged his right eye. Saunders seemed to be in survival mode as Canelo took over with big punches.
The fight was stopped before the start of the ninth, as there seemed to be a big problem with Saunders' eye.