Over 60,000 boxing fans will be in attendance when Canelo Alvarez takes on Billy Joe Saunders in the world super-middleweight title unification fight on 8 May.
The bout will take place at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home to National Football League (NFL) franchise, the Dallas Cowboys, after sports promoter Eddie Hearn and Alvarez selected the venue over the Las Vegas Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium.
The 80,000-seater venue will be close to full capacity when Alvarez and Saunders come to blows, marking the biggest US sporting crowd since the outbreak of the coronavirus, with the fight set to be shown live worldwide on digital streaming service DAZN.
“It’s an absolute honour to bring this huge event to the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on May 8,” remarked Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport. “Last year Canelo missed out on his historic Cinco De Mayo fight, and to bring over 60,000 fans together at this iconic stadium this year is a dream come true.
“This fight is the biggest of 2021 so far with Canelo looking to unify the division once more against undefeated two-weight World champion Billy Joe Saunders. We want to thank Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium for their efforts to bring this global event to their stunning facility and we look forward to giving the fans a momentous occasion and a Cinco de Mayo celebration they will never forget.”
Pre-sales for tickets will open next Tuesday (23 March), with general sale beginning on 26 March.
Canelo puts his WBC, WBA Super and Ring Magazine titles on the line on Cinco de Mayo weekend, as Saunders brings his WBO strap across the pond and looks to extend his unbeaten record against the pound-for-pound king.
DAZN EVP, Joseph Markowski, added: “For 2021’s biggest boxing event to date, it’s hard to imagine a better place than AT&T Stadium. We look forward to delivering a world-class event from this world-class venue to DAZN subscribers across the globe.”