Saunders Would Fight Canelo Even Though He’s A “Cheat”
Even though Billy Joe Saunders claims Canelo Alvarez has damaged his reputation following his issues regarding clenbuterol, he still would be willing to fight the Mexican superstar.
Alvarez tested positive for the fat burning drug twice in February and has been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commision for six months. He has continued to assert the finding was a result of eating contaminated meat in Mexico, and feels a negative hair follicle test has help make that clear.
“My opinion on that is that he’s a cheat, a drugs cheat,” Saunders told ESPN. “He’s still a cheat, always will be.
Despite Saunders’ firm stance on Alvarez’s reputation, he admitted he would still fight him if the money was right.
“100 percent,” Saunders added. “We’re in a business where, you know, it’s very money orientated.
“You’ve got to go where the money is. Of course I would [fight him] but it doesn’t change my opinion that he’s a drugs cheat.”
While Saunders also wants a crack at fellow middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, Saunders’ offer was passed over for Vanes Martirosyan.
“The May date was never going to happen, but it could have happened in June,” said Saunders. “They seem to have gone another route. The ball was in their court and they threw it out.
“It the boxing gods want it, it will happen. But if they don’t then was never meant to be so we’ll see where it goes from here.”
Saunders returns to the ring for his fourth defense of the WBO middleweight title against Martin Murray on June 23rd.