Eddie Hearn Responds To Billy Joe Saunders’ Gripes With Him
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has responded to Billy Joe Saunders showing a bit of disgruntlement.
Saunders is set to put his WBO Super-Middleweight Title on the line against Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night, May 8. In the process, Saunders will be gunning for Canelo’s WBA, WBC, and The Ring gold. The bout will take place inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Canelo vs. Saunders is being promoted by Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. Saunders has expressed his belief that Hearn is already counting on him to lose the fight. He pointed to Hearn already seeking a venue for a potential Canelo vs. Caleb Plant fight as a reason for his theory.
During an interview with iFL TV, Hearn responded to Saunders’ gripes (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“I have a decent relationship with Billy Joe Saunders. I can’t tell you that we’re close. But I had a job to do for Billy Joe Saunders, which was deliver him the opportunities and the fights that no one else could or has delivered for him in his career. We all know that last year I got to deliver him the Canelo Alvarez fight, in 2020. We were one day away from announcing the fight [for last May 2 in Las Vegas]. Everything was signed and agreed upon, and COVID hit. And it was a real kick in the nuts.
“And we had to put up with people saying, ‘When you gonna get Billy Joe Saunders a big fight? When you gonna …?’ And it’s like, ‘We had it.’ He went off and he boxed Martin Murray [on December 4]. And now I delivered him the Canelo Alvarez fight. I can’t really do any more than that, so if he don’t like me or they don’t like me, then there’s not really a lot I can do.”