Eddie Hearn Wants One British Judge For Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn is seeking a “neutral panel” as far as judging is concerned for Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders.
Canelo vs. Saunders is expected to take place on May 8. Canelo’s WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Super-Middleweight Titles will be on the line. Saunders’ WBO gold will also be at stake.
BoxingScene.com was able to speak with Hearn recently. Hearn revealed that he’s looking to get one British judge on duty to score Canelo vs. Saunders to ensure there’s a level playing field if the bout is close.
“I think we need a neutral panel. I think we need a British judge on there. I think we need an American judge on there. But I don’t know. Look, the British judging hasn’t been fantastic lately. And then we just saw another bad scorecard in New Zealand [for the Joseph Parker-Junior Fa fight Friday night], so it happens everywhere.
“And also, when [Alvarez is] the biggest star like that, sometimes you get the benefit of the doubt with the crowd noise in close situations. So, we’ll see. It’s gonna be Las Vegas or Dallas, probably, and we’ll decide within the next week, maybe, two weeks max.”
Hearn went on to say that he will keep pushing for the British judge.
“We will push for a British judge. That’s the way it should be because it’s champion versus champion. It’s not just, you know, it’s all Canelo Alvarez. This is a world champion fighting a world champion. So, that’s something that we will be insistent on.”
Canelo is fresh off a third-round TKO finish over Avni Yildirim. This marked Canelo’s first successful 168-pound title defense.
Saunders is undefeated in his pro boxing career. In his last outing, Saunders turned in a one-sided unanimous decision win over Martin Murray for his second successful title defense.