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Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders Boxing Odds and Fight Preview

By Carlos Chacon

Super-middle weight fighters Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders meet in one of the highly anticipated boxing matches of the year. This Saturday, the two head to the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to create boxing history.

Alvarez’s WBC and WBA Super Middleweight titles are on the line, as well as Saunders’ WBO Super Middleweight title. In addition, the winner of the game likely gets the right to step into the ring with IBF Champion Caleb Plant to clinch the top spot of the 168-pound division.

What makes this fight more intense is the fact that Canelo Alvarez claimed victory in 55 of his 58 fights, with two ties and one loss, while Billy Joe Saunders remains undefeated in his professional career. That being said, we take a look at some of the most important details of the bout, including talking points that will help you lock in on winning bets.

NitroBetting news goes the extra mile to bring you all-encompassing data, as well as the latest boxing odds, betting trends, and our very own expert betting predictions.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders Fight Info

  • When: May 8, 2021, 11:00 PM ET (Main Card)
  • Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
  • TV: DAZN
  • Live Stream: DAZN

Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders Boxing Odds

Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
Canelo Alvarez -796 Billy Joe Saunders +447
Elwin Soto -1429 Katsunari Takayama +652
Kieron Conway +249 Souleymane Cissokho -345
Frank Sanchez -3333 Nagy Aguilera +1007

Why is Canelo Alvarez at a Safe Boxing Betting Pick?

  • Record: 55-1-2

Canelo Alvarez can move closer to becoming the first-ever undisputed super middleweight champion. But this time, he has to face Saunders in one of the most exciting boxing matches 2021 has to offer. With lots of experience under his belt, including fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and a couple versus Gennadiy Golovkin, Alvarez steps into the ring with more confidence.

However, his struggles taking on southpaws come out once in a while. Alvarez had to modify his movements facing Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout. Ultimately, his efforts were enough to take them down, and he will have to put in the same efforts, if not more, come May 8.

What we’ve witnessed so far from Alvarez since his second Golovkin fight is an entirely different fighter. He trains under the wings of long-time coach Eddy Reynoso working alongside his father, Chepo. Reynoso groomed Alvarez into one of the most versatile fighters in this lifetime, and we look forward to Alvarez causing Saunders’ side some trouble.

Why is Billy Joe Saunders at a Safe Boxing Betting Pick?

  • Record: 30-0-0

Saunders has been performing well recently and continues to move up the ranks, as evidenced by his fight against Chris Eubank, Jr, Lee, and one of his most memorable fights by far against former middleweight champion David Lemieux in December 2017. With 14 knockouts to his name, Saunders poses a threat to any of his future opponents. His fighting style is also unique, which will require Canelo Alvarez to be on his feet as soon as the first round starts.

As of now, this is Saunders’ toughest challenge. Canelo Alvarez will get him to work if he wants to maintain an undefeated record. Since he employs an unorthodox style, he should make his moves early into the match to give Alvarez less time to process. Utilizing this might just give him the edge for some time.

But, he cannot afford to give Alvarez breathing room like what he did facing lower-tier opponents. The key here is for Saunders to keep Alvarez on his toes and carefully pick his shots. If he maintains his composure in the early stages of the fight, Alvarez will have to pace with him.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders Betting Trends

  • Canelo Alvarez has 37 knockout wins in his professional career.
  • Canelo Alvarez won 5 of his last 5 fights.
  • Canelo only drew 2 fights in his entire professional career.
  • Billy Joe Saunders is undefeated at 30-0.
  • Billy Joe Saunders recorded 14 knockouts and 16 decision wins in his professional career.
  • 3 out of Billy Joe Saunders’ last 5 fights ended via unanimous decisions.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders Expert Betting Predictions

Alvarez is expected by many to overpower Saunders in this fight. The Mexican’s excellent counter-punching should be tricky to deal with for Saunders, whose awkward ways inside the ring can pose troubles to Alvarez as well.

If Alvarez can find consistency and work on his tempo, landing clean counters, and swift body shots, Saunders would find himself with less space to work with. In the end, this is going to be a striking show for both fighters, bringing a power puncher against elusive techniques.

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