Billy Joe Saunders Speaks On TKO Loss To Canelo Alvarez
Billy Joe Saunders has issued a statement following his TKO defeat to Canelo Alvarez.
Saunders put the WBO Super-Middleweight gold on the line against WBA, WBC, and The Ring Champion Canelo this past Saturday evening, May 8. The action took place inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Canelo emerged victorious and he is now one major title away from becoming the undisputed super-middleweight champion. Canelo achieved victory against Saunders by damaging his eye to the point where he didn’t get off his stool for the ninth round.
Saunders has spoken on the loss to Canelo as well as the eye injury on his personal Facebook page.
“Thanks, everyone for [the messages]. Broken eye socket and broken cheekbone in 3 places operation yesterday all went well. You win some and lose some didn’t feel out my League but got caught with a good shot and couldn’t see and Ben got the Conner to pull it. Thank you all who watched I’ll be back god bless you all.”
With the defeat to Canelo, Saunders has suffered the first loss of his pro boxing career. His record now sits at 30-1. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn expects Saunders to be out of action for quite some time.
Saunders ended up suffering a quadripod fracture. This is a similar injury that Kell Brook suffered when he went one-on-one with Gennady Golovkin. Brook ended up suffering the same injury in his other eye when he fought Errol Spence Jr. Many argue Brook hasn’t been the same since his clash with “GGG.”