Billy Joe Saunders: If Canelo Beats Me On May 8, ‘I’m Never Gonna Beat Him’

WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders doesn’t plan to make excuses if he can’t defeat Canelo Alvarez.

Saunders is expected to share the ring with Canelo Alvarez on May 8. Saunders will defend his WBO gold, while Canelo is putting his WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Titles up for grabs. A location has yet to be announced but it will be known in the coming weeks.

Saunders made an appearance on The Ak and Barak Show and he had some fun with Canelo’s prediction of an early knockout (h/t Bad Left Hook).

“I think obviously everyone knows I’ve got to be at my best,” Saunders said before going into some sarcasm. “But I’m pushing for time now. 10 days off training, I’ve got the flu, not in shape, I’m still heavy, haven’t started camp proper yet. It’s gonna be a walk in the park for Canelo, by all means. He said he’s gonna knock me out in three rounds, I’m gonna have to go with that.

“Let him knock me out in three rounds, and then get some In-and-Out Burger for me, yeah?”

Saunders then got serious and said if Canelo were to get the better of him on May 8, it would be because he is the better boxer.

“There’s one thing with me, if I get beat, or if I win a fight, never would I make an excuse, even if there was an excuse. From my end, there’s zero excuses. If I’m not good enough to beat Canelo on May 8, I’m never gonna beat him.”

Saunders will also be putting his undefeated pro boxing record at stake. He has a “Superb” record of 30-0. In 14 of those wins, Saunders scored a knockout or TKO.

Canelo’s record is 55-1-2. He hasn’t suffered a loss since September 2013 against Floyd Mayweather. Canelo has 37 knockout victories.

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