Saunders Baits Canelo For Fight
Billy Joe Saunders knows that his 11th round stoppage of Marcelo Coceres was not the greatest performance, but the WBO super middleweight champion feels he can still stop Canelo Alvarez.
“Canelo Alvarez, listen, if you wanna become four-weight world champion – you’re not four-weight, you’re only three, because you wasn’t the ‘super’ WBA champion – take me while you think I’m spent,” Saunders told DAZN’s Chris Mannix of the title won by Alvarez against Rocky Fielding in 2018.
“Take me now, because you know, this is the time to take me next. I want Canelo Alvarez, and to give the fans a big fight – win, lose or draw. Canelo Alvarez, you’re a great fighter. I respect ya; you’ve done good things for boxing.”
“Look, there’s no excuse,” Saunders said of his lackluster debut in the United States.
“That performance [is] not worthy of the Canelos, the Jacobs and the other big names. I came here five days before [the fight]. I’m not making excuses, but I knew, in my own heart, from round nine I have to get this man out of there. I thought I have to get him out because my timing were off, my head movement were off. Everything was just off tonight. It’s just one of them nights. I won, but you know, I wanted to impress the American crowd. I hope you enjoyed the knockout, because that’s the only thing I can give you tonight. So, thank you very much.”
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