- The Canelo vs Saunders pre-selling event sold over 20,000 tickets on its first day.
- A crowd of more than 60,000 is expected to attend the 168-pound title unification on May 8th at the AT&T Stadium in Texas.
- Alvarez is a massive -700 betting favorite to beat Saunders.
The Cinco de Mayo showdown between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Billie Joe Saunders is building up to be a massive event.
During the first of two limited-pre sale dates for the blockbuster 168-pound title unification between Alvarez and Saunders, the organizers sold over 20,000 tickets. A second pre-selling date will be held on Wednesday before the tickets go public on Thursday.
A 𝗯𝗶𝗴 opening day for #CaneloSaunders presale 👀
🎟 Over 20k tickets snapped up on day one 👊 Read more ⬇️
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) March 24, 2021
A crowd of over 60,000 is expected to attend the event, breaking the stadium’s record audience for a boxing event which was set by Canelo’s 2016 WBO light middleweight title bout against Liam Smith. It will also be the biggest boxing event since the pandemic began last year.
Massive Betting Favorite
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) March 4, 2021
Alvarez is currently listed as a massive betting favorite to annex Saunders’ WBO title. According to the latest odds from SportsBetting.ag, the Mexican boxing superstar is a -700 odds on favorite with Saunders coming back at +450. That shows you how highly regarded Alvarez is because Saunders is no patsy.
The 31-year old southpaw from England is undefeated in 30 bouts with 14 knockouts. He is a two division world champion and has successfully defended the WBO 168-pound belt twice. In his last bout, Saunders scored a unanimous decision win over Martin Murray last December 2020.
But despite his status, he is a huge underdog against the fighter considered as the sport’s biggest draw since Floyd Mayweather Jr. Saunders has never been an underdog in his professional boxing career so this is the first time that he will see the plus sign next to his name. The closest he was to being plus money was when he was a slight -140 betting favorite against David Lemieux.
Becoming Undisputed Champion
Canelo: “It’s important for me because very few people have achieved becoming undisputed champions. And that’s a short-term goal. To win all the titles at 168 pounds.
“No Mexican has ever done it. That’s what we want. Eddy and I have always wanted the best. pic.twitter.com/AplDNGW3LY
— Boxing News (@BoxingNewsED) February 19, 2021
Alvarez is on a quest to become the first undisputed 168-pound champion in the history of the sport. To date, only the legendary Joe Calzaghe has come close to achieving this feat. The undefeated Welsh boxing great held the WBC, WBA, and the WBO super middleweight titles after defeating Mikkel Kessler. However, he never got a chance to fight the IBF champion at that time, Lucian Bute.
Canelo won the vacant WBC super middleweight title and took Callum Smith’s WBA (super) and Ring 168-pound titles during their December bout. If Alvarez beats Saunders, and the best betting sites have him as a massive betting favorite, he will add the WBO belt to his collection, leaving Caleb Plant’s IBF belt as the only gem needed to achieve undisputed status.
Before his reign in the super middleweight division, Alvarez also won world titles at 154 pounds, middleweight, and light heavyweight. He ended Gennady Golovkin’s long reign as middleweight champion and also defeated Sergey Kovalev to win the light heavyweight world title. Alvarez’s lone defeat came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. when they fought for the unified 154-pound belts.