Eddie Hearn, promoter of Matchroom Sport, confirmed that the agreement he signed with Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez It is for two fights, the one of Avni Yildirim, confirmed for February 27, and another in May, with a rival to be confirmed that would most likely be Billy joe saunders.
“It is an absolute honor to agree to a two-fight promotion contract with the pound-for-pound number one fighter, Canelo“, wrote Hearn in your account Twitter. “I hope I have some amazing nights ahead of me!”
– Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) January 21, 2021
Would Billy Joe Saunders be Canelo’s rival in May?
Since the Canelo chose to sign with Hearn and Matchroom, it is highly probable that the May rival for Saul, be Billy joe saunders. The super middle champion of the OMB, Billy joe saunders is promoted by Matchroom.
According to Dan Rafael of Boxing Scene in days gone by, yeah Canelo signed with Hearn, their fights would be broadcast through DAZN and the next defense of the super middle belt would be against the British Billy Joe Saunders.
“The way is really free for Billy joe saunders fight with him Canelo Alvarez“, said Eddie hearn in the podcast of Pug and Copp from The Athletic. “We have to agree to make that happen.”
“He (Saunders) He also needs that fight, but he is not going to take it at any cost ”, he explained Hearn. “But yes Billy He thinks he can win that fight, I think he can, I think he has a great chance, so he needs to take it. I hope we can close it for the weekend of May 5 ”.
Canelo Alvarez he is super middle champion of CMB and AMB. Billy joe saunders has the scepter in the same division of the OMB. So a fight for the unification of the belts looks viable.
Billy he last fought on December 4, 2020 against Martin Murray, whom he defeated by unanimous decision in the Wembley Arena. The Briton remains undefeated in 30 fights, of which 14 have ended by knockout.