|Date: 8 May (9 May UK) Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas|
|Belts: WBC & WBA world super-middleweight titles (Alvarez), WBO belt (Saunders)|
|Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and live text commentary on BBC Sport website|
Billy Joe Saunders has told those who criticise him that he will “carry on going the wrong way”.
The Briton faces Mexico’s Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez – widely regarded as the world’s current number one pound-for-pound fighter – in Texas on Saturday.
Saunders has been condemned in the past for behaviour outside the ring – while inside it, his fight displays have drawn mixed reviews.
“People can say I ain’t lived the life,” Saunders, 31, told DAZN.
Saunders, who has won all 30 of his professional fights, became a two-weight world champion in 2019.
He now puts his WBO super-middleweight title on the line against Alvarez, who holds two of the other three belts in the division – the WBC and WBA titles.
Saunders has, however, attracted significant negative publicity during his career.
“I ain’t done it right, but I’m here,” he said. “Two-weight world champion, two-time world champion. Thirty fights, thirty wins. Won every single fight on the way, beat everybody’s prospects coming through.
“I don’t want to go ‘right’ if I’ve done it wrong. I do not want to go right. I will carry on doing it like this. I want to carry on going the wrong way.”
Saunders was fined £100,000 by the British Boxing Board of Control for a social media video that police described as “sickening” in 2018.
He returned an adverse Voluntary Anti-Doping Association test in the same year and gave up his WBO world middleweight title outside of the ring.
A further fine of £15,000 followed in 2020 after he posted a social media video about how men could hit their female partners.
Saunders apologised at the time, saying he would “never condone domestic violence”.
On Saturday, he faces a contest against Alvarez, who has lost just once – to Floyd Mayweather – in 58 fights, and who has held world titles in four weight divisions.
The 30-year-old’s status as the sport’s best-paid star has made him a target for fighters such as Saunders for several years.
“I’ve planned this out in my head and I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a little boy fighting in my front room,” said Saunders.
“I’ve had dreams of this day happening since I was about five or six years old… I’ve got all the way here.
“This will be the biggest upset in boxing history, I believe. Certainly in the last 20 years. I believe this is meant to be.
“To win this means absolutely everything to me. More than money, more than fame, more than everything. I want to win this so badly it’s a joke.”