Canelo Alvarez stopped Billy Joe Saunders because the Brit’s nook threw within the towel as a result of a watch harm suffered on Saturday night time in Dallas.
The combat was nip-and-tuck by way of eight rounds, however Saunders couldn’t proceed and the combat was known as off earlier than the beginning of the ninth.
The combat started with an intriguing opening spherical as Saunders utilised quite a lot of jabs whereas Canelo efficiently focused the physique.
The Mexican landed his first huge punches within the second as he caught his opponent with a few arduous straight rights, however the Brit appeared unfazed and replied with extra constant jabs.
Canelo continued to extend the tempo in spherical three and confused Saunders with feints earlier than hammering residence physique photographs.
Billy Joe shook his head in response and circled away from Alvarez.
The fourth was a quieter session with Canelo persevering with his efficient physique work and touchdown one notable uppercut in shut which practically knocked Saunders’ mouthpiece out.
Spherical 5 noticed higher moments for the Brit as his output elevated.
He carried this momentum ahead as they approached the midway level and started to land with extra consistency whereas irritating and taunting Canelo.
The Mexican tried to regain management within the seventh, concentrating on the physique with good success as soon as extra.
Saunders responded properly, however was harm for the primary time in spherical eight as he staggered again after being caught with a giant counter proper uppercut.
It will quickly turn out to be obvious simply how a lot harm this punch had carried out.
Canelo pursued his opponent across the ring and landed huge photographs. The Brit survived the spherical, however wouldn’t emerge for the subsequent.
It was clear that there was a significant issue with Saunders‘ eye within the nook and his workforce stopped the combat, crowning Canelo because the unified WBA, WBC & WBO super-middleweight world champion.
He now needs the IBF belt from Caleb Plant.
Canelo stated post-fight: “I feel I broke his cheek and I knew he wasn’t gonna come again out…
“Caleb Plant, for the belt. I’m coming man, I’m coming my pal. I hope we can provide the followers that combat.”
Eddie Hearn defined in regards to the stoppage: “He couldn’t see. I spoke to Mark Tibbs, he stated he couldn’t see and he wouldn’t let him exit. He busted his eye socket.”