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Canelo Álvarez Has Three Belts and All the Numbers in His Corner

Canelo Álvarez Has Three Belts and All the Numbers in His Corner

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“The numbers on DAZN tonight were astronomical,” Hearn said at the postfight news conference. “They’re going to have to, and they will, make a huge offer for that fight. Fox will also make a huge offer, but he’s free to make the fights he wants to make.”In the ring Saturday night, Álvarez’s composure and precise punching produced an unambiguous result in front of a massive crowd. The attendance record for an indoor boxing match in the United States had been 63,352, when Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks at the Superdome in New Orleans in 1978.Last week, Saunders, 31, of Hatfield, England, threatened not to fight unless Álvarez agreed to expand the ring to 22 feet by 22 feet. The fighters had previously agreed to dimensions of 20 feet, but Saunders, an elusive southpaw who entered Saturday’...
Canelo Álvarez Is Back, and Boxing Is Back to Its Usual Uncertainty

Canelo Álvarez Is Back, and Boxing Is Back to Its Usual Uncertainty

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Four days before Saul Álvarez and Billy Joe Saunders were scheduled to meet in a high-stakes boxing match at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, organizers were giddy over the ticket sales projections for their super-middleweight title fight on Saturday night.Eddie Hearn, the promoter and the head of Matchroom Boxing, said the matchup — between Álvarez, a 30-year-old from Mexico nicknamed Canelo who holds the W.B.C. and W.B.A. titles at 168 pounds, and Saunders, the undefeated W.B.O. champion from England — was expected to yield a sellout of 70,000 tickets.That figure, Hearn said, would be a record for an indoor boxing match in the United States, surpassing the 63,350 spectators at the Superdome in New Orleans for a Muhammad Ali-Leon Spinks fight in 1978. The attendance would also be the...