Alvarez came out aggressive as always. Saunders started the fight well and seemed to frustrate Alvarez with his slippery southpaw skills.
Saunders kept Alvarez honest through the first six rounds evading the major pressure from Alvarez and countering his shots well. Alvarez was landing he harder punches to the body mainly, but Saunders was finding Alvarez at range.
Saunders’ fortunes changed in the seventh round when Alvarez was now on the front foot, forcing the issue. And although Saunder’s movement was still an issue for Alvarez he found a gap in the eighth round.
The spirited resistance was broken by the Mexican champion who further cemented his spot as the sport’s No. 1 fighter. Alvarez is a four-weight champion and he has successfully unified the WBC, WBA, and WBO super-middleweight titles. The Mexican superstar unloaded a huge uppercut to inflict a nasty swelling around the right eye of Saunders. Saunders’ trainer Mark Tibbs waved the fight off just before the ninth round started.