Canelo Alvarez ‘chooses showdown with Billy Joe Saunders’ and negotiations are set to start for super-middleweight title fight in Las Vegas
- Canelo Alvarez is targeting a Las Vegas showdown with Billy Joe Saunders
- The Mexican has reportedly chosen the Brit as his next opponent this summer
- He was also considering Callum Smith but Saunders’ WBO belt is more appealing
- Alvarez will drop back down to super-middleweight to fight Saunders in May
Canelo Alvarez has reportedly chosen Billy Joe Saunders as his next opponent for his annual Cinco de Mayo showdown in Las Vegas.
The Mexican star currently holds the WBA super-middleweight world title and is looking to add Saunders’ WBO belt to his collection.
According to the Athletic, Alvarez was also considering fellow Brit Callum Smith as a potential opponent but Saunders’ title was a more attractive proposition.
Canelo Alvarez has reportedly chosen Billy Joe Saunders as his next opponent this summer
Saunders currently holds the WBO middleweight title and could face the Mexican in Las Vegas
Negotiations between the two fighters are set to go ahead and, should the fight come to fruition, it would see Alvarez drop back down to super-middleweight following his step-up two weight classes to knock out Sergey Kovalev.
The win saw the 29-year-old become a four-weight champion but he quickly vacated the light-heavyweight title in order to unify the super-middleweight division.
Saunders’ last fight came on the undercard of KSI’s rematch with Logan Paul in the Staples Center back in November.
The 30-year-old Brit managed to knock out Marcelo Esteban Coceres in the penultimate round to pick up the win.
Saunders (right) managed to knock out Marcelo Esteban Coceres in their November bout
Promoter Eddie Hearn, who represents Saunders, is keen to pit his man against Alvarez, who has a mega 10-fight deal with streaming site DAZN.
Alvarez regularly fights on the Mexican celebratory weekend Cinco de Mayo (May 5), with Daniel Jacobs his most recent victim. Canelo beat him on points last year.
Saunders is currently unbeaten after 29 fights and has defended his belt successfully once.
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