Billy Joe Saunders Offers An Interesting Proposal
Even if a fight was nixed for September, never say never when it comes to a bout between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders. The latter is confident he can beat the middleweight king he is willing to put it all on the line.
Saunders, (29-0), the WBO Super-Middleweight Champion, recently backed out of talks to face off against Canelo (53-1-2) later this year. Stating he wouldn’t be ready to compete in time for September, this came after the two were supposed to fight in May. COVID-19 ended up affecting those plans. While he has expressed interest in now fighting Callum Smith or Demetrius Andrade, Saunders would be interested in a later date against Canelo.
Speaking with IFL TV, Saunders recommended the end of the year for a fight between the two.
“Listen, I’ll tell you the best thing for Canelo to do,” Saunders stated, via Daily Mail. “Wait until December and come to a proper super-middleweight, a proper champion. Wait until December, then let’s go. December, we’re ready, let’s go. Fair, even playing field, no robbery.”
Saunders hasn’t fought since November when he beat Marcelo Esteban Coceres via TKO. He won the WBO Super-Middleweight Title against Shefat Isufi, and was WBO Middleweight Champion before then. The 30-year-old recently had his boxing license suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control following a controversial post he made on social media. He has since regained it following a fine.
Canelo hasn’t lost a fight since his majority decision loss to Floyd Mayweather back in 2013. He is 11-0-1 during that time, winning the WBO Light-Middleweight, WBC, IBF, and WBC Middleweight, the WBA Super-Middleweight, and the WBO Light-Heavyweight Titles. The last title was won against Sergey Kovalev.
Signing a ten-fight deal with DAZN, Canelo has been able to earn a hefty contract. Even with DAZN asking for a pay cut, Canelo’s deal may be better than Saunders’. Still, Saunders is offering up his contract if Canelo can beat him.
“I’ll tell you what I’ll do – the money I’ve signed for, keep it. I swear to God, I’ll let you keep it,” Saunders went on to say. “If he wants to come to England I’ll let him keep it and I’ll fight him for free. If I beat him, pay me what I’m contracted. If I don’t, don’t pay me. That’s how fair I can be. That’s how confident I am of beating him.”
September 12 is just a few weeks away and Canelo still does not have an opponent. The current “front-runner” happens to be Matchroom Boxing’s Callum Smith (27-0), the WBA and The Ring Super-Middleweight Champion.