Saunders Up To Fight Canelo At 175
With a win this Saturday night in Los Angeles, Billy Joe Saunders has made it clear that he wants Canelo Alvarez, no matter the weight class.
The current WBO super middleweight champion is looking to level up to light heavyweight in an attempt to exploit a WBO rule that would make him the mandatory challenger to Alvarez’s light heavyweight crown.
The hitch with that is Gilberto Ramirez, the man who held the title before Saunders won it against Shefat Isufi, did the same thing.
Another caveat in all of this is Alvarez holding the “regular” version of the WBA’s 168-pound title, where Alvarez may find himself for his next fight.
“I want Canelo, they keep saying he’s the best. Floyd Mayweather is the only man to beat him, I know I can be the second man to beat him,” Saunders exclusively told Sky Sports.
“It’d be a very tough challenge but there is something inside of me that I’ve known since day one when I turned pro. I knew our paths would cross and I’m 100% sure that I’d beat him.
“I might move up to 175lbs and then I become mandatory to him,” Saunders said of the plan that would have Ramirez technically in front of him. “He either fights me or vacates. Give me a fair playing field and I know I have the beating of him. I do have the lock to undo ‘Canelo’. I’m feeling the best I have, I’m ready to rock and roll, I want these big fights.”
Saunders returns to the ring against Marcelo Corceres on November 9th on the Logan Paul-KSI undercard.
Report: Sky Sports