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Canelo Alvarez reportedly targeting May 2nd title fight with Billy Joe Saunders

With Saunders holding a 168lb belt, a win for Canelo would make him a legitimate four division world champion.

Canelo Alvarez v Sergey Kovalev Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

It looks as if Canelo Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) is laying down the groundwork for his next move. After stopping Sergey Kovalev in his last outing in November to win a light heavyweight world title, it looks like Canelo is looking to drop back down to 168lbs in order to secure another major world title.

Mike Coppinger reports that his sources have informed him that Canelo has set his eyes on super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders for a May 2nd clash — Cinco de Mayo weekend — with both sides expected to kick negotiations into high gear this week. Should the fight be made and Canelo win, he would become a legitimate four-division world champion after only securing a secondary 168lb title against Rocky Fielding in late 2018.

Saunders (29-0, 14 KOs) hasn’t had a notable fight since he dominated David Lemieux back in late 2017. He’s spent the last two years competing against pretty soft opposition and getting into some trouble outside of the ring, but manaeged to pick up the WBO’s vacant 168lb world title along the way. Saunders has long said that he had hoped to land a big-money fight against one of the best in the world, and it’s looking like he might now just get his opportunity.

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