More than 60,000 expected in Dallas for Alvarez-Saunders bout

More than 60,000 viewers, the most significant United States sports crowd considering that the Covid-19 pandemic started, are anticipated for a May 8 boxing face-off in Dallas, promoter Eddie Hearn stated Friday.

Competing incredibly middleweight champs Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico and Billy Joe Saunders of Britain will satisfy at AT&T Arena, house of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, on May 8, the Saturday of Cinco de Mayo weekend.

“To bring over 60,000 fans together at this iconic stadium this year is a dream come true,” Hearn stated.

“We look forward to giving the fans a momentous occasion and a Cinco de Mayo celebration they will never forget.”

Texas recently raised mask required and capability limitations on dining establishments and other organizations in a quote to resume “100%” in spite of criticism from public health specialists who have stated the relocation threats spreading out coronavirus variations.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will invite back Alvarez, who knocked out Britain’s Liam Smith at the 100,000-seat location in 2016.

“We feel we have another incredible boxing event on the horizon with this matchup,” Jones stated.

Hearn stated picking the big Cowboys arena for the battle was a simple option as soon as Jones made his deal.

“When we got the decision from the Cowboys and Jerry Jones that we could do 70,000 here, it was a no-brainer,” Matchroom Sport handling director Hearn stated in a video published on social networks.

“Coming off the back of the pandemic, it’s a dream come true… We need a celebration. We’re due a celebration We’re going to give you a party you won’t forget.”

Alvarez, 55-1 with 2 drawn and 37 knockouts, will risk his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association crowns versus unbeaten World Boxing Company champ Saunders, a 31-year-old English southpaw who is 30-0 with 14 knockouts, in the marriage face-off.

Alvarez, 30, had more than a year’s layoff prior to beating Britain’s Callum Smith last December in San Antonio and stopping Turkey’s Avni Yildirim last month in Miami.

“Last year, Canelo missed out on his historic Cinco De Mayo fight,” Hearn stated. “This fight is the biggest of 2021 so far with Canelo looking to unify the division once more.”

The other significant world title in the 168-pound (76.2kg) department comes from unbeaten International Boxing Federation champ Caleb Plant, an American who is 21-0 with 12 knockouts.


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.