Saunders To Canelo: Winner Take All
Billy Joe Saunders doesn’t care about the weight-class or the location, he just wants to fight.
Saunders, who is the current WBO super middleweight champion is down to face off against WBA champion Callum Smith on Smith’s home turf of Liverpool, as he looks to rebuild his legacy under the Matchroom Boxing banner.
“I’ve been the away fighter numerous times,” Saunders said of a potential 2020 fight. “I haven’t got a problem fighting him at Anfield, as long as there is a ring and fair judging and the best man wins. That’s all I’m concerned about. My main thing in boxing is be fair. I’ll fight him in his back garden if he wants, as long as there’s a ring and fair judging.
“Anfield would be a big occasion. I believe this is the sort of fight that we deserve in this country, to be part of one of them is very exciting. I think if he beats a big name and I beat a big name it’s a fight that can be made.”
“I was hoping to get a name for the fight in Stevenage,” he said of his last fight for Frank Warren against Shefat Isufi. “It was my first fight there and I needed a big, big name to draw a big crowd and get the buzz of a big fight.”
“Ramirez vacated and the No 1 (Isufi) was the No 1, so I had to fight him. That fight got made and after that I was scratching around thinking ‘who should I look for’. I’ve tried (Gennady) Golovkin twice before, I’ve tried Canelo before, (Chris) Eubank (Jr) is hard to make a deal with, then with Callum Smith, Frank put an offer in but it wasn’t the right one for him.”
“It was inevitable to come to Matchroom,” Saunders continued. “I think it was always in my mind that it was the best place to be because of the access to the elite fights at middleweight.”
“I wouldn’t say I’m in the final stage of my career but I’m at the back end of it,” he said. “I’m not going to be pro for another ten years.
“DAZN need to make these big fights. Let the best fight the best and I know I’d be the best at 160 and 168.”
Saunders sees Alvarez, who holds titles at both middleweight and super middleweight as the ultimate target, due to his resume.
“Floyd Mayweather is the only man to beat him and it’s a fight I believe in my own mind that I can win. I’ll be happy enough to say ‘whatever I’m earning, just let him match it and the winner takes it all’. That’s how happy and confident I’d be to fight him and beat him.
“It’s not about the money it’s about establishing my name and retiring with a status like Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton did.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene