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Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders now targeted for June

Though never officially announced, the fight was slated to take place May 2nd in Las Vegas

Celebrity Sightings in Los Angeles, California - December 14, 2019 Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images

Golden Boy’s reluctance to actually announce Canelo Alvarez’s May 2nd fight with Billy Joe Saunders actually worked out in the end. ESPN Deportes reports that the bout, hosted by Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, is now planned for the “first week” of June. In addition, Canelo and his team intend to complete his trilogy with Gennadiy Golovkin in September, circumstances permitting.

On a related note, this could mean that Gennadiy Golovkin’s fight with Kamil Szeremeta, currently targeted for June 6, would yet again move to another date.

If it feels like we’ve been talking about Canelo’s impromptu sweepstakes for months, it’s because we have. A bevy of candidates from Callum Smith to Ryota Murata have risen and fallen, and now that they’d been whittled down to one, the whole thing’s been bumped back a month.

I’ll admit to being curious about DAZN’s plans, though; Canelo-Saunders was meant to kick off their global expansion, and it remains to be seen whether they’ll launch without a flagship. On the one hand, sports are dead, so asking people to pay for live sports at the moment is a hard sell. On the other, DAZN does have a fairly sizable archive they could promote.