RECAP: Canelo Alvarez defeats Billy Joe Saunders in the eighth round in Texas.
Relive Express Sport’s live coverage of Canelo Alvarez’s super-middleweight unification fight with Billy Joe Saunders in Texas.
On Saturday night, the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas hosted one of the biggest boxing nights of the year so far, with Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez stopping British super-middleweight Billy Joe Saunders on his stool at the end of the eighth round of a thrilling super-middleweight title unification bout.
With Saunders still on his stall with his right eye busted, the fight was called off. Canelo appears delighted and probably relieved, while Saunders appears distraught.
Canelo loaded up in Round 8 and landed the big shots that did the damage, taking Saunders’ undefeated record and his WBO super-middleweight world belt in the process.
Canelo is now one step closer to becoming the undisputed 168-pound champion, with only the IBF belt remaining in the hands of undefeated 21-0 American Caleb Plant.
To begin Round 8, Saunders throws a jab and throws combinations. He isn’t racking up the points, but he is scoring. Canelo is attempting to rouse the audience by landing heavy shots that have left a mouse on Saunders’ right eye. In the greatest round of the fight so far, Canelo is putting the pressure on and landing big shots. Canelo and the audience are both back in this fight. Is the tide turning again in favor of the Mexicans? As the cutman works quickly to minimize the swelling in Saunders’ corner, Saunders’ right eye is rapidly closing.
Canelo may have received the “hurry-up” signal from his team, as his work rate has increased in Round 7. Saunders, on the other hand, is boxing superbly and, round by round, is progressively depleting Canelo’s gas tank by forcing the Mexican to walk him down and miss. For his part, Saunders appears to be in good shape and is landing nearly every punch he throws. He didn’t hit quite as hard in Round 7 as he had in the previous two stanzas, but it was probably enough to win the round.
Saunders’ jab never fails to land, and while Canelo lands powerful shots, Saunders makes the Mexican miss. The Mexican doesn’t appear to be as bright and sassy as he is. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”