Mexican boxer Sal “Canelo” Alvarez combined for super middleweight titles in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night, defeating Billy Joe Saunders with a technical knockout in the eighth round of 12 fights.
The Englishman did not get up from his corner to start the ninth round and ended the referee’s fight following recommendations from Saunders (30-1, 14 KOs). After taking a violent blow from Alvarez’s right (56-1-2, 38 KOs) in the previous round, the second man could not see with his right eye. It was also his first professional defeat.
The man who performed himself at the AT&T Stadium with the WBO Super Middleweight title had to give up the belt to “Canelo”, in front of an estimated audience of over 70,000.
In addition to winning the title, Alvarez hosts WBA, WBC and The Ring.
The fight began slowly as the two studied each other, but Alvarez took his level to a level. From round two to fourth round, the 30-year-old Mexican was faster, more powerful and more accurate than his opponent.
The Englishman increased his power in five to seven rounds, which seemed to throw Alvarez off balance.
There is now only one title to earn for “Canelo” in the super middleweight division, the IBF currently located at the American boxer Caleb Plant. As soon as the fight took place, the Mexican demanded that the fight be done and that all the titles in the super-middleweight be united.