Team Canelo isn’t expecting a cakewalk against Billy Joe Saunders.
On May 8, Canelo Alvarez will go one-on-one with Saunders. The action will take place inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Canelo’s WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Super-Middleweight gold will be at stake. Saunders will be defending his WBO Title.
Canelo’s trainer, Eddy Reynoso, has expressed his belief that Saunders will be no easy task (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“The fight with Saunders will be really complicated. He works his legs really well. He throws good combinations, and he has good defense. He fights hard. I think it’s gonna be a good fight.”
Canelo has also said that he believes Saunders is a formidable opponent and will provide a good challenge on his journey to undisputed status at 168 pounds.
“He’s a good fighter. He’s a hard fighter. He’s a southpaw and he likes to talk. But we’re gonna be ready for him, and I’m gonna train to be ready for him. I’m very motivated. Getting the titles motivates me very much.”
Saunders has shown respect for Canelo’s skills but during his appearance on The Ak & Barak Show, he said Canelo’s third-round knockout win over Avni Yildirim was nothing short of “embarrassing.”
“You’re only as good as your last performance. My last performance was Martin Murray. Was that performance good enough to beat Canelo Alvarez? Probably not. Definitely not. You know, we couldn’t go too much on Alvarez’s last performance because this fella just went in there and he jacked [around] for three rounds. You know, it was a bit embarrassing, to be honest with you. So, I don’t embarrass myself about money. I wouldn’t do that.”