Canelo vs. Saunders headlines the biggest boxing card of the year:

A few times a year in boxing, you have a card that is simply must-see TV—and Canelo vs. Saunders this Saturday (8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on DAZN and PPV through inDemand Pay-Per-View, preorder for $70 today over PPV) is one that most definitely qualifies.

Why, you ask?

Do you even have to ask?

A Canelo Alvarez (55-1-2, 36 knockouts) fight is a contest that almost sells itself, as the incumbent WBA, WBC, and The Ring Magazine World Super-Middleweight Champion is a household name at this stage.

Why, then, does a viewer need any more reason to sign up for DAZN or pay the $70 to subscribe to pay-per-view to see this fight?

It’s because the stakes are high, as challenger Billy Joe Saunders (30-0, 14 knockouts) is the WBO’s mandatory opponent for Canelo—and he’s risking his championship belt on Saturday night in Texas—making this 12-round title fight at three minutes per round a winner-take-all affair.

This superfight follows two other championship bouts on the Canelo vs. Saunders card.

Your co-main event sees the WBO World Light-Flyweight Championship at stake between incumbent champion Elwin Soto (18-1, 12 knockouts) and challenger Katsunari Takayama (32-8, 12 knockouts), another 12-round fight at three minutes per round.

The first title fight of the evening is a 10-round fight at three minutes per round for the WBA Intercontinental Super-Welterweight Championship between champion Kieron Conway (16-1-1, three knockouts) and challenger Souleymane Cissokho (12-0, eight knockouts.)

Let’s break down all three of these title fights, right here, right now.

WBA Intercontinental Super-Welterweight Championship: Kieron Conway vs. Souleymane Cissokho:

Contender Comparison:

Heading into this Intercontinental Super-Welterweight title bout, Kieron Conway is the taller man at 5-foot-11 ½, compared to Souleymane Cissokho at 5-foot-10 ½.

How they got here:

The champ has posted a record of 4-0-1 in his last five fights and is on a four-match winning streak, scoring a unanimous decision after 10 rounds versus Macauley McGowan last time out in Wembley Arena right before Christmas last year.

In the other corner, the challenger has yet to lose in his professional career, stopping Daniel Echeverria (sixth-round knockout) inside American Airlines Center in Dallas back in March, making Saturday’s fight a return business trip.

The Tale of the Tape:

Boxrec shows that Cissokho owns a 70 ½ inch reach advantage, with no such information for Conway.

Prediction: Kieron Conway by unanimous decision.

Co-Main Event: WBO World Light-Flyweight Championship: Kieran Soto vs. Katsunari Takayama:

Contender Comparison:

Going into your co-main event of the evening, Soto is the taller man at 5-foot-3, with Takayama standing 5-foot-2.

How they got here:

The champ has posted a 5-0 record in his last five bouts, most recently scoring a unanimous decision after 12 rounds versus Carlos Buitrago in Indio, CA for the WBO World Light-Flyweight Championship on DAZN in a Golden Boy Boxing card.

In the other corner, the challenger has gone 4-1 in his last five matches, defeating Reyna Konishi after six rounds in Osaka on Dec. 27.

The Tale of the Tape:

Boxrec shows that Takayama owns a 62 ½-inch reach, with no such details for Soto.

Prediction: Kieran Soto by eighth-round TKO.

Main Event: Undisputed World Super-Middleweight Championship: Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders:

Contender Comparison:

Heading into this undisputed title fight on Saturday night, Saunders is the taller man at 5-foot-11, with Alvarez standing 5-foot-8.

How they got here:

Canelo has posted a record of 5-0 in his last five boxing matches.

As most of you already know, he scored a third-round TKO vs. then-WBC mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim back in February upon his corner throwing in the towel between the third and fourth rounds of a scheduled 12—this after Canelo knocked him down with a two-punch combo in the third round.

In the other corner, Saunders has yet to lose in his pro career, defeating Martin Murray (unanimous decision after 12 rounds) back in December in Wembley for the WBO strap at 168 lbs.

The Tale of the Tape:

Boxrec shows that Saunders owns a ½-inch reach advantage (71 inches even to 70 ½ inches) over Alvarez heading into this fight.

Prediction: Canelo Alvarez by fifth-round knockout.

Other fights on Canelo vs. Saunders include:

Frank Sanchez (17-0, 13 knockouts) vs. Nagy Aguilera (21-10, 14 knockouts) [Heavyweight: 10 rounds at three minutes per round]

Christian Alan Gomez Duran (19-2-1, 17 knockouts) vs. Xavier Wilson (11-2-1, one knockout) [Welterweight: eight rounds at three minutes per round]

Keyshawn Davis (2-0, two knockouts) vs. Jose Antonio Meza (6-4, one knockout) [Lightweight: six rounds at three minutes per round]

Marc Castro (2-0, two knockouts) vs. Irving Macias Castillo (9-1, six knockouts) [Featherweight: six rounds at three minutes per round]

Kelvin Davis (1-0, one knockout) vs. Jan Marsalek (8-2, seven knockouts) [Super-Lightweight: four rounds at three minutes per round]

Matchroom Boxing: Canelo vs. Saunders at a Glance: (Saturday)

Card: 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT, DAZN and PPV

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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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