Canelo Alvarez was ahead on the scorecards of all three judges at the time of his fight with Billy Joe Saunders being stopped. The scores were a stark contrast to DAZN announcer Chris Mannix, who made Saunders win the fight.
Canelo Alvarez unified super middleweight titles when Billy Joe Saunders was unable to continue after the eighth round.
The fight was more competitive than many expected and saw Saunders win a few rounds before being stopped. Most observers felt that despite the competitive nature of the fight, Alvarez was clearly in control. This was confirmed when the official scorecards were released, all of which had Alvarez winning in three rounds.
Judge Tim Cheatham had the fight with a score of 77-75, while Judges Glenn Feldman and Max Deluca had the fight with a score of 78-74.
Each of the judges had the same score in seven of the eight rounds, the only round they disagreed on was round seven, which Cheatham gave to Saunders.
All of these scores were realistic and indicative of how the fight was going, and most observers agreed with these scores, with the exception of DAZN announcer Chris Mannix.
Mannix had somehow given Alvarez just two rounds before the eighth and final round, with an unofficial score of 68-65 through seven rounds.
Even Mannix should have given Alvarez the eighth round, which would have moved his unofficial score to 77-75 in favor of Saunders, still an unfathomable score. Everyone has bad nights at the office, but it’s unclear what fight Mannix was watching.
The fight was halted between the eighth and the ninth rounds, when Saunders’s coach deemed he was in no condition to continue after his right eye had been completely swollen by an uppercut from Alvarez. Saunders has since been transferred to a local hospital and is being examined for a broken orbital bone. via Mike Coppinger.
With the victory, Alvarez now has three of the top four belts in the super middleweight division, and has his eyes set on a fall showdown against IBF champion Caleb Plant, with the goal of becoming the undisputed champion of medium weight.