Sources: Canelo to next face Saunders on May 2

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Canelo Alvarez will fight WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in the traditional Cinco de Mayo weekend boxing slate on May 2, sources told ESPN Deportes’ Salvador Rodriguez.

The announcement of the 168-pound unification fight could be made official in the next 24 hours or even sooner, the sources said.

Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) is the “regular” WBA super middleweight champion. Saunders is 29-0 with 14 KOs.

This is seventh championship battle for Alvarez after he won the previous six, including four in middleweight.

In his most recent outing, on Nov. 2, Alvarez scored an 11th-round stoppage of Sergey Kovalev to capture the WBO light heavyweight title.