Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida - WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders was a very interested party in Saturday's big fight, as he watched WBC, WBA super middleweight champ Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) crush 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 Callum Smith over twelve round to capture the WBC, WBA titles.
He's scheduled to face Saunders in a three belt unification on May 8th - with the location to be determined.
The two boxers were initially scheduled to fight in May of last year, with the event being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Canelo, I’m ready to rock and roll,” said Saunders. “You have to dare to be great and you aren’t going to be a great if you don’t beat the greats. I believe I am the only one with the footwork, knowhow, skillset, mindset and brain to unlock that door in Canelo.
“He’s the main man in the sport and the face of boxing. You have to give him respect, he hasn’t ducked anyone, he’s beaten good names, but nobody is unbeatable, and I believe I have got the tools to beat him if I use them properly and if the game plan comes off that I believe works.
“I am looking at the golden ticket to cement my legacy, and that’s how you have to go in there to beat him. I’ve won everything from Southern Area to World titles, I could say ‘I’ve won it all, been to the Olympics, I’m unbeaten - I’ll see you later’. But I’ve only just turned 31, I’ve got no miles on the clock, haven’t taken any punishment - I believe he’s been in harder fights than me and has more miles, so I want to cement my legacy and beat him.”