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Billy Joe Saunders close to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez fight deal

Marcelo Esteban Coceres (left) is punched by Billy Joe Saunders (right)

Billy Joe Saunders beat Marcelo Esteban Coceres (left) remaining day outing

Billy Joe Saunders is shut to finalising a deal to face boxing’s finest-paid fighter Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Las Vegas on 2 Could possibly effectively effectively.

The Briton, 30, will set aside his WBO world tidy-middleweight title on the toll street in direction of Alvarez.

Alvarez has one loss – to Floyd Mayweather in 2013 – in a 56-fight occupation.

The Mexican will once more take up the Las Vegas date to align together with his nation’s Cinco de Mayo weekend celebrations.

WBA tidy-middleweight champion Callum Smith used to be in line for a shot at Alvarez however Saunders will as an completely different safe his hardest bout so a methods.

Tales within the US declare Saunders will salvage the biggest purse of his occupation in direction of a person who agreed a deal worth an estimated £278m with streaming provider DAZN in 2018.

Saunders is undefeated in 29 bouts and beforehand held an international title within the 160lb middleweight division earlier than transferring as a lot as enact the related within the 168lb tidy-middleweight division.

He defended his title in a laboured knockout purchase over Marcelo Esteban Coceres in Los Angeles in November.

Alvarez has held fleshy world titles in three weight divisions and in addition held a minor model of an international belt at tidy-middleweight when he beat Rocky Fielding in 2018.

The 29-year-outdated has since overwhelmed American Daniel Jacobs and moved as a lot as gentle-heavyweight to impressively finish Sergey Kovalev in November.

He has made no secret of his need to set aside recordsdata in Mexico’s already affluent combating historic earlier and a victory would manufacture sure he may even even be often known as a four-weight world champion.

Most repeatedly cited as thought to be considered one of many excellent pound-for-pound fighters within the sport, Alvarez made his genuine debut veteran 15 in 2005.

All through his occupation he has additionally overwhelmed the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Amir Khan, Liam Smith and Miguel Cotto, and may supply a heavy favorite when an settlement is finalised within the arrival days.

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