7 in a row sounds like some football boast but it is now the Canelo running total of British contenders who have failed to dethrone the man many consider to be the best fighter of this generation. Seven British world class and elite fighters have got in the ring with hopes and left with their hopes dashed at the end of the fight.
This time round, on Saturday the 8th of May 2021 in Arlington Texas, the WBC, WBA and WBO super middleweight titles have been taken home by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as he stopped Billy Joe Saunders after the eighth round with a stunning uppercut which shattered the bones in Saunders’ face.
At the end of the eighth, some had it 4-4, others 5-3 to Canelo, a few 6-2 to the Mexican but nobody had Saunders winning. At that point Canelo had managed to work the conundrum of Billy Joe out and was starting to grow into the contest. Some have suggested he was tiring but it is not a view generally held by many.
The injury was horrendous, the stoppage right, the towel being thrown in correct, and the barrage of venom directed at Saunders for “quitting” after his comments about Daniel Dubois etc, as predictable as they are wrong. Saunders was as wrong for making them about other fighters as the people who had a go at him were wrong for having a go at him. The question may be – will he box again? He doesn’t need to and if he does not then the legacy is assured. He just came up against a man that many now cannot see ever being beaten again.
On the same bill, the WBO light flyweight fight between Elwin Soto and Katsunari Takayama ended with a 9th round stoppage win for Soto that has been questioned but the records will show Soto defended his title, whilst the reviews of the fight show it was a tough win.
On the same bill and in the same Texas, Kieron Conway says he learned a lot about himself in the biggest fight of his career as he lost by split decision for the WBA international strap against Sanleymane Cissojho at super welterweight. Conway has promised to be back for more, having loved every minute of the big fight experience and whilst he did not get his hand raised at the end of this fight, he certainly had his head raised to the prospect of entertaining on similar bills in the future. .
Also on the same evening, in Warendorf, Germany, the WBF female featherweight title fight between Elena Tissen and Eveline Odero ended with a points win for Odero.