Saunders Confident In Potential Clash With Canelo
Throughout his career, Billy Joe Saunders has done nothing but believe in his ability. The 30-year-old, who beat John Ryder and Chris Eubank Jr. to hold onto the European, British and Commonwealth Middleweight Titles, has become one of the true faces of the middleweight division. He hopes to bring that same fire whenever he faces off against Canelo Alvarez.
Saunders (29-0) went on Instagram Live to talk about his rise to the top. Winning his first 49 fights as an amateur, Saunders grew on that when he made his professional debut. As the WBO Super-Middleweight Champion and a former WBO Middleweight Champion, “Superb” believes he has a right to get the fights he has demanded.
“When I was coming through the rankings, I beat John Ryder when he still had his “0”, when he didn’t know what losing was. People need to look back. I beat Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan. My boxing alone and the pedigree I’ve got from being a young amateur, it will take a lot to untangle me,” Saunders stated. via Boxing Scene. “So, why wouldn’t I want to fight the best? That’s what I’m gonna do.”
Saunders beat Shefat Isufi last May to win the WBO Super-Middleweight Title. His last bout was a TKO-win against Marcelo Esteban Coceres back in November. Originally scheduled for late May, the bout with Canelo has been postponed. The bout could come back to life, but Canelo is focused on facing Gennadiy Golovkin. If given the chance, Saunders would want to face Canelo over anyone else, just to get his shot at glory.
“Let me have a chance,” Saunders went on to say. “If I get beat, I get beat. I’m the fairest man in the world. If I get beat by someone who’s better than me, I can only shake their hand. But my main goal is to get ‘Ginger B*llocks’ in the ring and see what I can do.”
Since suffering his first loss in 2013 at the hands of Floyd Mayweather, Alvarez (53-1-2) has gone 11-0-1. After drawing with Golovkin in the first fight, Canelo beat him for the WBA, WBC and The Ring Middleweight Titles. He then won the WBA Super-Middleweight Title from Rocky Fielding, the IBF Middleweight Title from Daniel Jacobs, and the WBO Light-Heavyweight Title most recently against Sergey Kovalev.
Saunders has managed to get in his own way. He tested positive for oxilofrine, and after a long process vacated the WBO Middleweight Title. This year, Saunders posted and deleted a controversial video on social media, instructing men on how to hit women. The video came as something to do while stuck inside with your significant other. Saunders then goes and hits a punching bag, pretending it is a woman. He was suspended of his license by the British Boxing Board of Control. The BBBofC have been waiting for Saunders and his team to send papers back so he could potentially be granted his license back.
If everything can work out, Saunders is guaranteeing a win for him against one of the best fighters in boxing today in Canelo.
“I know I can beat Canelo. I’ve never been beat and believe I’ll end up unbeaten,” Saunders stated. “The next thing I want to do is go out there and beat the invincible man. Canelo Alvarez, he’s the big one they’re going on about. That’s the one I want because to be the best, you have to beat the best.”