Billy Joe Saunders: Canelo vs. Avni Yildirim Was ‘Embarrassing’

Billy Joe Saunders wasn’t a fan of Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim.

Canelo vs. Yildirim took place at the end of February. Canelo’s WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Super-Middleweight Titles were on the line. Yildirim was the mandatory WBC Title challenger despite being inactive for two years and going winless since 2018. Canelo ended up scoring a third-round TKO finish.

Saunders is the WBO Super-Middleweight Champion and is expected to face Canelo on May 8. During an appearance on The Ak & Barak Show, Saunders made it clear that he won’t be taking much from Canelo’s performance over Yildirim (via

“You’re only as good as your last performance. My last performance was Martin Murray. Was that performance good enough to beat Canelo Alvarez? Probably not. Definitely not. You know, we couldn’t go too much on Alvarez’s last performance because this fella just went in there and he jacked [around] for three rounds. You know, it was a bit embarrassing, to be honest with you. So, I don’t embarrass myself about money. I wouldn’t do that.”

Saunders did give credit to Canelo for doing the expected deed but he’s not sold on the level of competition.

“He got the job done, no injuries – that’s the main thing – against a bum, and we move on to the 8th.”

Saunders is undefeated in his pro boxing career and if he can get past Canelo, very few would oppose the notion that it’d be his biggest victory. Saunders is 30-0 in his career with 14 knockout victories along the way.

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