Billy Joe Saunders Considering Retirement Following Canelo Alvarez Loss

Published 06/11/2021, 6:31 AM EDT
May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Canelo Alvarez (teal trunks) and Billy Joe Saunders (blue green trunks) during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Almost a month removed from the first loss of his boxing career, Billy Joe Saunders is in a weird spot. Not only did Canelo Alvarez hand him his snatch his ‘O’, but he also handed him a potentially career-ending injury as well. The bout, contested for the unification of the super middleweight titles, was one of the biggest sporting spectacles of 2021.

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Talking to talkSPORT, ‘Superb’ revealed how he is planning to go about his career. Saunders, who reportedly earned about £5.5million from the Canelo fight, thinks this could be the appropriate time for him to hang it up.

“At the end of the day, I’m 31 years old, if I don’t ever wanna work again, wanna sit back, wanna chill, I can do that. And so it should be, I’ve put a lot of time into boxing and I’ve paid my dues. The sport’s been very, very good to me,” Saunders said.

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Saunders further said that the ultimate decision of the future of his career would live with his dad. “I’ll have a chat with my dad because he’ll have a big say in it. To be fair, it will be more or less down to my dad in the conversation more than me if I’m honest. If he says, ‘Leave it, son, don’t go back for more,’ then that’s probably what I’ll do.”

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After 8 rounds, Alvarez was ahead, but Saunders was also having his moments throughout the fight. The Mexican landed heavy uppercuts in the 8th which hurt ‘Superb’, forcing him to quit on the stool.

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Do you think it would be a wise decision for the 31-year-old to retire from the sport at this point?

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Akshit Pushkarna

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Akshit Pushkarna, who has a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication, is an MMA writer for EssentiallySports. Before his current role, Akshit worked on the Urban Development beat at the Urban Update magazine. However, combat sports always called out to Akshit, who pursued both boxing and wrestling at a regional level before shifting his focus to MMA journalism.

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