Canelo vs Saunders results: Canelo collapses Saunders, forcing him to quit after round 8
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vowed to quit previously undefeated Billy Joe Saunders and move one step closer to becoming the first undisputed super middleweight champion in boxing history. He did just that by applying constant pressure that collapsed Saunders and forced his corner to throw in the towel at the end of round eight on Saturday night.
WBC, WBA (Super) and The Ring Champion Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) added Saunders’ WBO titles to their collection of indoor boxing event in the United States.
However, the victory was not easy.
The slick boxing Saunders gave Canelo problems with his movement and thrust as his Mexican opponent was clearly aiming for a knockout, but without the strength to keep Canelo away from him, he absorbed huge power shots throughout the fight.
There was a distinct difference in power between the fighters, but Saunders managed to box well in the middle rounds and avoid significant damage. That changed in the eighth when Canelo landed a blistered uppercut that instantly caused swelling in Saunders’ right eye. Saunders returned to his corner but couldn’t see out of the damaged eye, which resulted in his team holding him on the stool and not making him answer the bell for the ninth time.
Two judges had the fight 78-74 for Canelo at the time of the interruption, while the other judge saw it 77-75 for Canelo.
Canelo made it clear that he would face 168-pound IBF Champion Caleb Plant in September to determine an undisputed champion. There may be some politics like Plant is doing with PBC, but with Canelo being a free agent, there is a chance the fight will be waged.
This is how it all went:
Canelo Alvarez Vs Billy Joe Saunders Live Updates, Highlights
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Round 9 (midnight): Saunders doesn’t answer the bell! It’s over! Canelo from TKO!
Round 8 (11:59 p.m.): Saunders lands some bumps and Canelo has to take up the activity. Saunders is cracked and takes a step back. Left hook on body and Saunders is in trouble. Canelo crushes Saunders! Saunders shakes his head and is broken again. Canelo plays in front of the crowd. Saunders is in trouble and his eye is swelling quickly. Canelo now smokes Saunders. He’s in bad shape but Saunders will make it through the round. . . barely. 10-9, Canelo (78-74, Canelo)
Round 7 (11:55 p.m.): A couple of body shots from Canelo, but Saunders lets go of his hands more often. Canelo lands on the body again. Canelo digs for the body. Canelo scores more often. Canelo’s right hand lands. Saunders moved and boxed well but didn’t land enough. 10-9, Canelo (68-65, Canelo)
Round 6 (11:51 pm): Canelo lands with his right hand to open the sixth. Saunders is much more fluid now. Sliding into a rhythm. Defend well. Saunders lands a double kick. Saunders right hand. Saunders body shot. Hard right hand from Canelo, but it’s one of a kind. Double uppercut by Canelo. They exchange hooks. Canelo closes the round strong, but Saunders takes another. 10-9, Saunders (58-56, Canelo)
Round 5 (11.47 p.m.): Canelo comes in with a straight right on the body. Saunders still tries to keep Canelo out with the thrust, but Canelo lands another hard shot in the body. Nice kick from Saunders. Top cut to Canelo’s body. Saunders’ left hook lands cleanly. He builds trust. Saunders lands a few more kicks and may have made the rounds. 10-9, Saunders (49-46, Canelo)
Round 4 (11.44 p.m.): Nice three-stroke combination from Saunders lands. Canelo’s right hand lands right now. Left to the body and Saunders withdraws. Four-Punch from Saunders keeps Canelo busy. Saunders circles, but shoots again at the body. Canelo hardly misses an uppercut. Uppercut CRACKS Saunders. Saunders has a good lap but Canelo lands the cleaner shots. 10-9, Canelo (40-36, Canelo)
Round 3 (11.39 p.m.): Saunders moves in and out with his punches. Left to the body by Canelo. Saunders lands with his left hand. Saunders has been busier so far this round. Canelo cracks Saunders with her right hand and goes to the body. Canelo lands with a huge bang. Saunders says he doesn’t mind, but it looks like he’s acting. Canelo’s left hand exaggerated. He’s too strong. 10-9, Canelo (30-27, Canelo)
Round 2 (11.35 p.m.): Saunders goes back to work and Canelo returns straight to the body. Canelo’s hard right hand lands. And another. Saunders ties him up. Canelo gave his punches some steam. Canelo is adamant but goes into a push. Uppercut by Canelo. Hard right hand stumbles Saunders. Canelo lands some hard shots, but Saunders struggles. Another hard right hand shakes Saunders briefly. 10-9, Canelo (20-18, Canelo)
Round 1 (11.31 p.m.): Saunders begins firing the burst. Missing a left hand. Canelo moves forward and closes the distance. Land a left to the body. Uppercut by Canelo. Another body shot. Canelo lands easily on the body. Another body shot. Saunders has a hard time keeping Canelo away from him, but he pushes away. Another hard body shot by Canelo. Canelo’s body punching will be a problem if Saunders can’t stop it. Canelo, 10-9
11:22 pm: Canelo with a full mariachi band and fireworks on the way to the ring. Absolutely epic way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This is how you make an entrance.
11:18 pm: As expected, Saunders is taunted throughout the arena. But the heel doesn’t care and takes it up with some dance moves on the way to the ring.
10:54 p.m .: Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders is next!
10:41 pm: In an absurd finish, the referee stopped the fight mid-back and forth. Takayama wasn’t in trouble, nor did he take a lot of punishment at the moment of the interruption. It was outrageous to stop right now and be disrespectful to Takayama, who was in a title fight and had been injured much, much worse before. That was a terrible break for a Japanese legend who fought much better in the second half of the fight.
10:30 p.m .: Takayama has decided that if he does lose, he’ll go out on his shield and make this a fun fight by going on the offensive. Soto is still injuring him and almost knocked him out in the sixth round, but he won over the fans with that effort. How much longer can it be?
10:17 pm: Takayama is clearly a shell of his former self when he beat Soto in three rounds. It’s clear this won’t be long while Soto is looking for a brutal knockout. It should come sooner rather than later.
9:58 pm: Next up is Elwin Soto versus Katsunari Takayama for Soto’s WBO light flyweight title. Takayama has only fought twice in almost five years. He’ll have his hands full with Soto, who has won 16 straight bouts since losing his third professional match.
9:53 pm: Well, Conway didn’t reach the goal, but he closed strong. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late, when Cissokho won a separate decision with interesting results of 95-94, 96-93 and 92-97. The 97-92 result for Conway was incredibly broad, but it seems the right fighter won despite the knockdown.
9:43 pm: Conway finally broke through on the ninth round with a pair of bloody overcuts to knock down Cissokho and almost get out. That finally got this crowd off their seats. Let’s see how the last lap goes.
9:28 pm: Sorry all of you. This Conway-Cissokho fight is just not fun. Not many strokes are thrown through six rounds. Probably more people watch the fight between SWV and Xscape VERZUZ than this fight.
9:10 pm: We live for Canelo-Saunders and Kieron Conway takes on Souleymane Cissokho in a welterweight showdown to start the main card. Before that fight, we had a bizarre scene when Frank Sanchez defeated Nagy Aguilera by a technical decision when Aguilera decided he couldn’t continue after a right hand barely brushed the back of his head. He definitely wins the acting award for tonight, but it didn’t matter because he was going to lose anyway since the judges had a 60-54 shutout for Sanchez. The crowd was not satisfied with this nonsense. Marc Castro improved to 3-0 with a TKO from the fourth round from Irving Castillo. Keyshawn and Kelvin Davis both achieved winners.
Canelo vs. Saunders start time
Main card: 8 p.m. ETCanelo-Saunders main event: 11 p.m. ET (approximately)
Canelo Alvarez’s main card against Billy Joe Saunders will start on Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. CET. The champions are expected to do their ring walks around 10:30 p.m. or 11:00 p.m. CET, depending on the length of previous bouts.
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Canelo vs. Saunders battle card
Saul Canelo Alvarez def. Billy Joe Saunders via TKO in Round 8 (3:00) to keep WBA, WBC and The Ring Magazines super middleweight titles and to win Saunders’ WBO titlesMarc Castro def. Irving Castillo on the 4th round TKO (2:04).Frank Sanchez def. Nagy Aguilera on technical decision (60-54, 60-54, 60-54).Elwin Soto def. Katsunari Takayama over TKO in Round 9 (2:44) to retain the WBO light flyweight title.Souleymane Cissokho def. Kieron Conway on split decision for WBA Intercontinental Super Welterweight Title (95-94, 96-93, 92-97).Keyshawn Davis def. Jose Antonia Meza by unanimous decision (60-54, 60-54, 60-54).Kelvin Davis def. Jan Maslaek on unanimous decision (38-37, 38-37, 38-37).