Billy Joe Saunders vs Canelo Alvarez Boxing Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/8/21

Billy Joe Saunders vs Canelo Alvarez Boxing Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/8/21 Photo by Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders

Saturday, May 8, 2020 at 11:00 PM (AT&T Stadium)

The Line: Billy Joe Saunders +510 / Canelo Alvarez -850 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders fight Saturday in a boxing match at AT&T Stadium for the WBO super middleweight title.

Canelo Alvarez enters this fight with a 55-1-2 record that includes 37 knockouts. Alvarez has won 10 of his last 11 fights, and he’s coming off a February victory over Avni Yildirim. Alvarez made light work of his last opponent, producing a third round stoppage while landing 58 total punches compared to four from his opponent. Alvarez will now look for his third victory since December. Alvarez is 30 years old, stands at 5’8”, has a 70.5-inch reach and an orthodox stance. There’s really not much that can be said about Alvarez that hasn’t been said already, as he’s arguably the best pound for pound boxer in the world and has a resume that stacks up against anybody. Alvarez is a pressure style fighter who is always looking to be the aggressor, cuts the ring off well and lives off combinations and shots to the body. Alvarez has good technique, has proven his toughness against quality boxers and his conditioning is high quality as well. Alvarez has a lot of knockouts in the later rounds, so his level doesn’t drop much throughout the fight. Alvarez is simply a tank who does everything well and is very tough to find a weakness to expose. This will be Alvarez’s fifth career fight in Texas.

Billy Joe Saunders enters this fight with a 26-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Saunders’ fourth fight since 2019, and he’s coming off a December win over Martin Murray. Saunders is coming off a comfortable decision win to retain his WBO super-middleweight title and he still hasn’t lost a fight in his pro career. Saunders has seen decisions in six of his last eight fights. Saunders is a 31-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’11” and has a 71-inch reach. Saunders has put his name in the conversation for the best British fighter in the world these last few years. Saunders is a lengthy fighter with great movement, solid defense and an aggressive offensive attack that overwhelms opponents. While Saunders isn’t known for his pure punching power, he does swing for the fences and has these rapid combinations that he lands from a distance and can be tough to counter. The biggest bout of his career by far, Saunders finally has a chance to get the real respect he deserves. This will be Sanders’ second career fight in the United States.

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Saunders is very underrated and has the pure boxing skills to make this fight competitive. Saunders is also the bigger fighter with the longer reach, so there’s cases to be made for a potential upset. The issues we have here are Saunders doesn’t have the punching power to scare Canelo and there’s no chance he wins a decision on foreign land, as that’s just politics of boxing. Saunders also has questionable stamina in the alter rounds. Saunders has the defense and is going to be tough to finish, but Canelo should win this fight and the only real way to make money on this fight is to predict how he wins. I expect Canelo to be aggressive for all 12 rounds and look to wear on Saunders with body shots.

Give me Canelo by knockout.

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Randy’s Pick Canelo Alvarez By TKO / KO +105

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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