Canelo Alvarez did what he had to do tonight.

He got through a mandatory opponent and now moves on to a showdown with Billy Joe Saunders in May.

About bloody time.

As for his own take on what transpired and looking ahead — here is what Alvarez said after the fight tonight:

(Hat tip DAZN Boxing YouTube)

Crowds in boxing are coming back for the big fights slowly but surely.

In very limited numbers mind, but even still, it is something.

Eventually you’ll see more and more of the big fights happen.

This last year has been painful in truth for the sport we all love.

Crowds are needed to finance the big events at the end of the day.

Boxing has survived and fought back like no other sport on Earth however.

In the months ahead there should be more positive news in this regard.

Alvarez vs Saunders a good fight to look forward to in May.

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