Boxing News At Five | Dec 05 2019

Boxing News at Five: Canelo is free to fight Saunders for WBO super-middleweight title, Okolie gets vacant title shot against Glowacki

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez could fight Billy Joe Saunders for his WBO super-middleweight title next year, and Lawrence Okolie closes in on first title shot
Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS will have to defend his WBO super-middleweight title against his mandatory challenger in his next fight but could then be in line for that elusive mega fight against WBO light-heavyweight champion and all-round money-making superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

Saunders, last seen labouring to an eleventh-round stoppage win over unheralded Argentine Marcelo Esteban Coceres, is in need of a big fight, if only to properly rev his engine and find some motivation. This much is undeniable.

Yet, according to WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel, Saunders has had his share of breaks from the sanctioning body and must now, before any dreams of Canelo, fulfil his mandatory duty in the new year.


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