Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has secured a hard-fought TKO victory over Billy Joe Saunders to secure another world title.
Canelo, the WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine super-middleweight champion, adds the WBO title to his collection in front of 70,000 spectators in Arlington, Texas.
Saunders enjoyed success in the mid-rounds but after a damaging eighth with his eye swelling shot, was unable to answer the bell with the fight stopped in the corner.
The Mexican cements his status as the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing with a masterful performance against tricky southpaw Saunders, who was tipped to cause a major upset heading into the contest.
During a tempestuous fight week, Saunders, undefeated in 30 fights before tonight, attempted to get under the skin of Canelo, with disputes over the size of the ring and digs over a failed drug test in 2018.
Canelo kept his cool on the night as he shut out the Briton.
Canelo will now hope to unify the 168lbs division against IBF champion Caleb Plant later this year.
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