UNITED STATES. Texas: The most anticipated professional match in the history of boxing between Mexican boxer Saul Canelo Alvares and British boxer Billy Joe Saunders will be held this Saturday at AT and T stadium, Arlington, Texas, United States.
The super middleweight boxing champions will fight for their title unification. The “clash of the titans” will be a treat to watch. Canelo Pound for Pound no.1 fighter in the world and has a record of 55 wins and 1 loss. He lost his only match against boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. Canelo has won world championships in four different weight classes ranging from middleweight to light heavyweight. He is currently World Boxing Association(WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion of the world.
On the other hand, Saunders is currently the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight champion of the world. Saunders has a record of 30 wins and 0 losses. As per the reports, Saunders’ team has an issue with the size of the boxing ring. Saunder has said that he wants to fight in a 24 foot ring and he won’t fight if the ring size is less than that. Due to this, Saunders didn’t showed up at a scheduled press conference against Canelo.
Canelo apparently said that he doesn’t even care about the size if the ring. Talking about his opponent he said, “This is not the only excuse had. This is just one of many, many excuses he has had in this buildup. I am focused and I’m going to go in there and do my job.”
Saunders’ problem with the size of the ring
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has said that if Saunders withdraw from the fight then British super middleweight contender John Ryder would likely get the call to step in as a replacement.
Hearn added that when he met with Saunders’ team they wanted a 20 foot ring.”I cleared that with Canelo and he said no problem. Then a week before the fight saunders said that he wanted a 22 foot inside the ropes. I didn’t wanted to go back to Canelo with it. Eventually I had no choice but before I could even finish the sentence Canelo said “no problem”.
Saunders has never fought in a 22 foot ring in his pro career but insisted he needed a 24 foot ring against Canelo. However, he didn’t mention anything regarding this in his contract. So, is Saunders trying to find a way to avoid fighting Canelo?
Saunders United Kingdom teammate and current boxing World heavyweight champion, Tyson fury thinks that Saunders will give Canelo a boxing lesson as he will easily defeat him. He also added that it will be the “biggest upset” in the boxing history.
Former 154lbs champion Amir Khan said that Canelo will be too good for Saunders and will knock him out in 6 rounds. Earlier, Khan was knocked out by Canelo in a boxing match.
Canelo’s coach, Eddy Reynoso said that he has told him to knockout Saunders. “Saunders is a weird individual and also he’s been disrespecting Mexican reporters.”
Reynoso also added that if Canelo defeats Saunders and Caleb Plant at super middleweight then he will move up to 175lbs next year to fight Artur Beterbiev.