Super middleweight pair ‘agree to unification title fight’ in May

Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo Alvarez have reportedly agreed a deal for a super middleweight unification title fight in May.

The pair were due to battle in May 2020 but it finally looks set to happen one year later.

Canelo and Saunders are finally getting their wish to have a unification bout

Canelo and Saunders are finally getting their wish to have a unification bout

The Athletic reports that it will take place on the Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Mexican celebration falls on a Wednesday this year meaning the bout is likely to happen on either May 1 or May 8.

Broadcaster DAZN will stream the fight worldwide apart from in Canelo’s homeland.

But before Canelo can think about Saunders, he faces mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim in Miami on February 27.

Canelo is the heavy favourite to win the fight so it’s expected he’ll turn around to meet Saunders just over two months later.

Saunders is undefeated in 30 fights but Canelo has lost once in his pro career

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Saunders is undefeated in 30 fights but Canelo has lost once in his pro career

The 30-year-old claimed two 168-pound titles with a dominant victory over Callum Smith in December.

Canelo has made clear his desire to unify all four titles and become undisputed champion at super middleweight.

Saunders holds a title, as does Caleb Plant, who takes on Caleb Truax on Saturday.

Canelo signed a two-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing earlier in January with chief Eddie Hearn promoting Saunders.

‘Superb’, who will be considered the underdog, appeared to confirm the news on his Twitter account.

He tweeted the caption: “Being underestimated is one of the biggest competitive advantages you can have.”





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