Billy Joe Saunders Accuses Canelo Alvarez’s Team of Picking Opponents at the End of Their Careers

Published 02/05/2021, 2:55 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez poses with his championship belts after his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Golden Boy/Getty Images)


After getting hold of the WBC and WBA titles against Callum Smith on December 19, four-division champion, Canelo Alvarez, has set his sights on unifying the super middleweight division. He will defend the belts against Avni Yildirim on February 27, followed by a clash with WBO champion, Billy Joe Saunders, in May.

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However, ‘Superb’ Saunders has already begun the verbal feud from his side. He recently accused Alvarez and his team of fighting greats after they have passed their prime. Moreover, Saunders also appeared confident about beating Alvarez when they collide inside the ring.

In an interaction with Mike Coppinger, Saunders reflected opinion on fighting Alvarez and passed some scratchy remarks.

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“He (Canelo Alvarez) has boxed all of the greats and he has beat all of the greats, at the end of their careers. His team’s very good at picking people at the end of their careers. They’re very, very good at picking people, just on the downward spiral. Maybe I look like to them, they may have seen my fights against Murray, against, I don’t know. The one before that and think, ‘you know what’. He is on a down spiral’. No, No, No my friend,” said Billy Joe Saunders.

Meanwhile, the unbeaten WBO champion revealed that he would undergo a strict training camp to prepare for Alvarez.

He said, “My life for next three months is absolutely hell. I am putting myself through hell and back and I am prepared to live in hell every single day to win.”

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Manchester , United Kingdom – 22 December 2018; Billy Joe Saunders celebrates after defeating Charles Agamu in their middleweight bout at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Billy Joe Saunders also had a successful 2020 as he took out Martin Murray via decision to retain his WBO belt. But, he had to struggle in the fight, and many analysts saw loopholes in his game. However, he found a way to win, and fans, as well as opponents, can not write him off.

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While Alvarez will seemingly remain the favorite on paper, Saunders can shock the world at any point.

What do you make of his comments on Canelo Alvarez’s team?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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