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  Saunders: "This Fight Is All About Boxing Brains"

Billy Joe Saunders says he has the boxing brain to dethrone pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez in their blockbuster Super-Middleweight unification battle on Saturday night (May 8), live worldwide on DAZN and distributed by TV Azteca in Mexico and Latin America.

Unbeaten Briton Saunders (30-0 18 KOs) puts his WBO strap on the line for the third time against the Mexican star and is aiming to add the WBC and WBA Super belts held by the Mexican sensation.

Saunders has been widely regarded as having the ring smarts to be the man to hand Canelo a first defeat in eight years and be the man to take the next step to being undisputed at 168lbs Ė and the 31 year old says fighting Canelo on Cinco de Mayo weekend holds no fear.

ďThis fight is all about the brain,Ē said Saunders. ďNot about power, muscle or skill, itís the brain and the game plan, and being able to execute that game plan.

ďI brush opinions off because I know what goes through my head and my mind, and what I have done in my career is through the will and want to win, and the day I lose that, I wonít put a pair of gloves on again.

ďI can only control what I am in control of and that myself, not what is outside the ring. Itís going to be a great fight itís one Iíve wanted for years and itís finally landed. Thereís a lot at stake for both of us. Would I like my fans there? Yes. Would I like UK media there? Yes. If the fight was moved to the Mexican border I wouldnít care.

ďI have my own way of approaching the fight and Canelo will have too, heís done this nearly 60 times. Iíll get in there as the best that I can be and thatís all I can control.

ďIíve been the underdog before, Iíve been the away fighter before, itís not a new position, but Iím just in with a better opponent this time.

ďIf I go in there and I win, Iím not going to run and say never again, Iíll fight him again, Iíll fight anyone, anywhere, it doesnít bother me. Itís good for boxing sometimes when the underdogs come through, and I donít just mean me here, because it puts the sport on a higher platform to be watched.

ďIím at the top of the tree where Iíve done it all as an amateur, Iíve had 30 fights, Iím unbeaten, won every title coming through, two-weight World champion - I can sit back at night and say Iím top of the pile fighting the pound-for-pound king.Ē

Alvarez and Saunders clash on a huge night of action in Texas with a stacked undercard in support of the mammoth main event, with Elwin Soto (18-1 12 KOs) defending his WBO World Light-Flyweight title against Katsunari Takayama (32-8 12 KOs).

Kieron Conway (16-1-1 3 KOs) defends his WBA Intercontinental Super-Welterweight title against Souleymane Cissokho (12-0 8 KOs), Eddy Reynoso trained Cuban Heavyweight Frank Sanchez (17-0 13 KOs) meets Nagy Aguilera (21-10 14 KOs), Mexican-American talent Marc Castro (2-0 2 KOs) fights on his third Canelo undercard, Castroís old amateur foe Keyshawn Davis (2-0 2 KOs) faces Jose Antonio Meza (6-4 1 KO) over six rounds and itís a family affair on the night with Keyshawnís brother Kelvin Davis (1-0 1 KO) fights for the second time in the paid ranks, with Mexican Welterweight Christian Alan Gomez Duran (19-2-1 17 KOs) celebrating Cinco De Mayo weekend over eight rounds against an opponent to be named soon.


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