In front of a crowd of over 73,000 in Texas, Canelo unified the super middleweight world titles following a devastating and emphatic display against the Brit, which cemented his status as perhaps the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Already leading on the scorecards, Canelo put away his plucky opponent following a powerful uppercut in the eighth round which rocked Saunders, who failed to re-emerge for the ninth.
Struggling to see out of his badly swollen right eye, Saunders' team rightly threw in the towel as he suffered a horrific fractured eye socket in a night that wasn't to feature the ultimate underdog story.
One interested spectator looking on was none other than Tyson Fury.
The Gypsy King has had a long-standing friendship with Saunders for well over a decade now and was in attendance to cheer on his British compatriot, who he had backed to cause an upset
Fury, currently preparing to take on Anthony Joshua later this year, would've been more disappointed than most watching on in the AT&T Stadium, and his reaction was immediately caught on camera.
Although not giving much away with his facial expressions, Fury understandably seems to be the only one not recording or not as jubilant as others in the crowd as he no doubt felt the pain of watching his friend eventually go to hospital.
Fury later tweeted his support for Saunders, saying: "People love to hate on others willing to chase their dreams, @bjsaunders tried to be great last night! it wasn’t his night but at least he had the bottle to follow his dreams & heart , he will always be my bro. We go back to 15/16, what a night to remember in #30years dallas"
It wasn't to be a night of celebration for Billy Joe Saunders and his good mate Tyson Fury, but it was a historical night for the ever-improving Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.News Now - Sport News