Billy Joe Saunders Says Canelo Alvarez can be ‘very easily led into stuff’ – Callum Smith can win with the right game-plan  

Published 12/03/2020, 10:18 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Billy Joe Saunders defeats Willie Munroe Jr for the WBO World Middleweight Title fight at Copper Box Arena on September 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Leigh Dawney/Getty Images)


British Super-middleweight boxer Billy Joe Saunders has made a surprise claim about his rival Canelo Alvarez’s next fight. The undefeated Englishman, who has expressed his desire to fight the Mexican, claims Callum Smith can beat him.

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Saunders, who himself will return to the ring in December against Martin Murray, isn’t convinced by the Mexican. The two have a history of bad-mouthing each other and this just adds to it.

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Speaking to SkySports Boxing ahead of his own fight against Murray, Saunders said, “I personally think he’s got the tools in his bag to do the job. But they need to be… He’s got to have the right game-plan. The perfect game-plan.” This proves that Smith is not an easy match-up for the self-proclaimed ‘Face of Boxing’.

Saunders went on to explain why he thinks Smith can beat Canelo. He said, “And you know, he’s got everything in his advantage. Height… he’s got everything; size, reach, length… But that needs to be utilized to the perfect game plan. And I hope they’ve done their home-work because he’s a great fighter Canelo. But he’s very very easily led into certain stuff and I personally think, with the right game-plan, he can win.”

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Could we see Billy Joe Saunders fight Canelo Alvarez next if Callum Smith can’t beat him?

Saunders has been very vocal about Canelo, often calling out the Mexican and saying he could beat him. And since Canelo is now free of Golden Boy Promotions, it will be easier to make fights happen. So how likely is it that we see these two enter the ring? Chances are, we could see them fight each other if both fighters win their next fights.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 28: Billy Joe Saunders celebrates his victory over Tony Hill during the Vacant Commonwealth Middleweight Championship at Royal Albert Hall on April 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

It makes it easier since both are fighting in December and both are high-profile boxers. This means if all goes to plan, they would have a similar time frame to recover and get back in the ring. Thus, if Smith doesn’t have the right game-plan and can’t beat Canelo, maybe the onus will fall on Saunders himself.

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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