ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Canelo Alvarez will return to AT&T Stadium for a world super-middleweight unification fight May 8 against undefeated Billy Joe Saunders.
Mexico’s Alvarez regularly fights on or near Cinco de Mayo, though the coronavirus pandemic prevented such a bout last year. He’ll bring his WBC and WBA titles into the ring against British favorite Saunders, the WBO champion.
“We are proud to host a boxing match of this magnitude as we welcome back Canelo Alvarez to AT&T Stadium to take on Billy Joe Saunders,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who expects a crowd of 60,000 for the event. “AT&T Stadium was built to house the greatest sporting events on the planet, and we feel we have another incredible boxing event on the horizon with this matchup taking place in Arlington on May 8.”
Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 knockouts), one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing, knocked out Liam Smith at the stadium in September 2016. He has kept busy despite the pandemic with victories in December by decision over Callum Smith, and a third-round knockout of Avni Yildirim in February.
Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs) last fought in December, taking a unanimous decision over Martin Murray.
Alvarez has held world titles since 2011. His only loss was to Floyd Mayweather in 2013 by majority decision, and his draw was with Gennady Golovkin in 2017. He won a majority decision against Triple G the next year.
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