BILLY JOE SAUNDERS finally looks set to end the talking and fight Canelo Alvarez in May.
The Brit boxer is desperate to land a super-middleweight unification bout with the Mexican having called him out on social media.
Canelo, 30, will put his belts on the line against Turkish opponent Avni Yildirim on February 27.
And assuming he makes Yildirim his 55th victim in 58 bouts, his scrap with BJS could be announced immediately afterwards inside the ring.
TalkSPORT’s boxing editor Michael Benson wrote on Twitter: “Eddie Hearn has stated Canelo vs Billy Joe Saunders could be officially announced with both face-to-face in the ring immediately after Canelo vs Avni Yildirim next weekend, so long as he wins and comes through unscathed.
“Canelo vs BJS is May 8th.”
Canelo dethroned Brit Callum Smith in December to win the WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine super-middleweight belts.
Joe Saunders, who has an unblemished record of 30 consecutive wins, last fought in December 2020 when he beat Martin Murray to defend his WBO belt.
And the 31-year-old has described his potential scrap with Canelo as the ‘biggest’ of his life.
He said: “It’s the biggest fight of my life. It’s been my dream since I was a kid. This is what dreams are made of and I can make my biggest dream come true here.
“My life for the next three months is absolutely hell.
“I’m putting myself through hell and back and I’m prepared to live in hell every single day to win.
“Forget about the money. I want to win, I need to win and it’s a must thing for me to win.”