Billy Joe Saunders Believes IQ Will Win Out Over Skill Against Canelo

Billy Joe Saunders feels the outcome of his bout with Canelo Alvarez will be determined by ring IQ.

This Saturday night, May 8, Saunders and Canelo will share the ring inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The WBA, WBC, The Ring, and WBO Super-Middleweight Titles will be on the line.

Saunders is of the belief that brains will come into play far greater in the fight than skill can (h/t Bad Left Hook).

“This fight is all about the brain. Not about power, muscle or skill, it’s the brain and the game plan, and being able to execute that game plan.

“I brush opinions off because I know what goes through my head and my mind, and what I have done in my career is through the will and want to win, and the day I lose that, I won’t put a pair of gloves on again.”

As far as execution is concerned, Saunders said he’s only focusing on what he can control.

“I have my own way of approaching the fight and Canelo will have, too, he’s done this nearly 60 times. I’ll get in there as the best that I can be and that’s all I can control. I’ve been the underdog before, I’ve been the away fighter before, it’s not a new position, but I’m just in with a better opponent this time.

“If I go in there and I win, I’m not going to run and say never again, I’ll fight him again, I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, it doesn’t bother me. It’s good for boxing sometimes when the underdogs come through, and I don’t just mean me here, because it puts the sport on a higher platform to be watched.”

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