Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez: Billy Joe Saunders drops hint that he will face Mexican pound-for-pound supremo

Billy Joe Saunders could be the seventh British opponent of Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez's illustrious career; it would be a world super-middleweight title unification fight; Callum Smith warns that 'I don't think anybody beats' Canelo

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Billy Joe Saunders has suggested on social media that he will face Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

The Athletic reported that Canelo will meet Saunders in a world super-middleweight championship unification fight on the weekend of Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican national holiday, in May in the US.

Saunders has since retweeted the news and posted: "Being underestimated is one of the biggest competitive advantages you can possibly have."

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Billy Joe Saunders says he only wants to fight the very best
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez
Image: Canelo is WBA and WBC super-middleweight champion

Canelo is first set to fight his mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim on February 27 in Miami.

The Mexican furthered his case to be regarded as boxing's pound-for-pound No 1 fighter when he ended the unbeaten record of Callum Smith in December in a WBC and WBC super-middleweight title fight.

Saunders is the unbeaten WBO champion and his belt edged Canelo a step closer to becoming the division's undisputed champion (Caleb Plant holds the IBF title).

Smith, who lost to Canelo via unanimous decision, told Sky Sports: "I don't think anyone beats him.

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"He may only lose if he keeps going up in weight but he has put a stop to that. His defence is just too good."

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez
Image: Canelo ended Smith's world title reign
Avni Yildirim
Image: Canelo must first beat Avni Yildirim on February 27

Canelo has been warned by Ahmet Oner, the promoter of his next opponent: "[Yildirim] is more of a Gennadiy Golovkin-style fighter.

"He also has an excellent jab and I believe he will try more. Callum Smith, in my opinion, did not try anything.

"He disappointed, even if he went the 12 rounds, but it was a one-sided fight. Nothing against Smith, maybe the pressure was too big, maybe it was short notice, I don't know.

"Avni has a two-year break but he is, in my opinion, more fresh now."

Canelo is a four-weight world champion whose only loss in 57 fights came against Floyd Mayweather in 2013 - he has already beaten six British opponents.

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