Boxing news: Canelo Alvarez reportedly ‘zeroes in’ on Billy Joe Saunders as next opponent, talks expected this week

Canelo Alvarez is reportedly now focussing his attention on Billy Joe Saunders as the opponent he wants to fight next.

Mexico’s pound-for-pound sensation has been searching for his May 2 foe since knocking out Sergey Kovalev in November.

Canelo Alvarez is now widely considered to be pound-for-pound the best boxer in the world
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With that win, Canelo claimed he’d become a four-weight world champion, however many boxing fans disagreed with this statement as he’d only won the WBA ‘regular’ belt at super-middleweight, often not recognised as a legitimate world title.

Now though, the 29-year-old is moving back down to the division and, according to Mike Coppinger, has ‘zeroed in’ on bona fide WBO title-holder Saunders as his opponent.

It’s understood that talks are set to pick up this week for the bout which would take place on Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Billy Joe Saunders is the WBO super-middleweight world champion
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Canelo was widely recognised to be Fighter of the Year for 2019 after unifying middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs and moving up two divisions to KO Kovalev.

Saunders had a mixed year as he became a two-weight world title-holder by beating Shefat Isufi and then underperformed in his first defence against Marcelo Esteban Coceres before ultimately winning by knockout.

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