Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders are going to put the “super” in super middleweight this weekend.
After some years of speculation and waiting for a fight window to open up, Alvarez and Saunders are scheduled to meet in the ring this Saturday night in Texas in a super-middleweight unification bout.
As they say, everything is bigger in the Lone Star State, and fights in 2021 don’t come much bigger than this one — both in consequences and eyeballs. The fight is expected to break the indoor boxing attendance record with over 65,000 tickets sold, surpassing the record set by Muhammad Ali vs. Leon Spinks 2 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 1978.
Saunders is making his return to the ring after downing Martin Murray in a unanimous decision victory in December 2020. Alvarez had a stay-busy fight vs. Turkish fighter Avni Yildirim in February, with Yildirim quitting on his stool following Round 3.
Here’s the need-to-know on tonight’s massive super middleweight bout:
What time is Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders?
- Date: Saturday, May 8
- Time: 8 p.m. ET (main card)
- Main event: 11:30 p.m. ET (estimate)
The main card of the Canelo vs. Saunders lineup gets underway at 8 p.m. ET. The main event is expected to get underway around 11 or 11:30 p.m. ET. Fight cards are usually not adjusted for quicker bouts earlier in the night, so expect fighters to make their ring walk then.
How to watch Canelo vs. Saunders
- Live stream: DAZN
As with all Canelo fights, you’ll be able to live stream Canelo vs. Saunders live on DAZN.
DAZN can be found on across video game consoles including PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One/Series X, smart TV apps, streaming devices and is broadcast globally in over 200 countries.
How much does Canelo vs. Saunders cost?
- DAZN: $19.99
- PPV: $69.99
Those hoping to stream the Canelo vs. Saunders fight can sign up for DAZN for a monthly cost of $19.99, or for a discounted subscription of $99.99 for the year. In Canada, a subscription is $20 CAD a month or $150 CAD a year.
The subscription price for DAZN includes the Canelo-Saunders fight.
Depending on cable/satellite provider, you will be able to buy the bout via PPV for $69.99, which includes a free trial for DAZN. Taxes and fees are not included.
Where is Canelo vs. Saunders fight taking place?
- Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
For the first time in five years, Canelo returns to AT&T Stadium — home of the Dallas Cowboys — in Arlington, Texas, to take on Saunders. In his only prior fight in the venue, Canelo knocked out Liam Smith in the ninth round, winning the WBO lightweight title.
The building is foreign territory for Saunders; the bout will be just his second fight on US soil, defeating Marcelo Esteban Coceres in Los Angeles’ Staples Center in 2019.
The bout is expected to make history: With over 65,000 tickets sold, it is expected to break the record for highest indoor attendance, previously set by Muhammad Ali vs. Leon Spinks’ 2 in 1978.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders card
- Canelo Alvarez (c) vs. Billy Joe Saunders (c), unification fight for Alvarez’s WBC and WBA Super Middleweight titles and Saunders’ WBO Super Middleweight title
- Elwin Soto (c) vs. Katsunari Takayama for the WBO Junior Flyweight title
- Kieron Conway vs. Souleymane Cissokho, junior middleweights
- Frank Sanchez vs. Nagy Aguilera, heavyweights
- Marc Castro vs. Irving Macias Castillo, junior Lightweights
- Keyshawn Davis vs. Jose Antonio Meza, lightweights
- Kelvin Davis vs. Jan Marsalek, welterweights
- Christian Alan Gomez Duran vs. Xavier Wilson, Welterweights