BREAKING: Billy Joe Saunders’ Father Says the Canelo Alvarez Fight is Off

Published 05/05/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Billy Joe Saunders (red/white/blue shorts) and Marceleo Coceres (not pictured) exchange punches during their WBO World Super-Middleweight Championship fight at Staples Center on November 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Saunders won after the fight was stopped in the 11th round. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


The unified super-middleweight title fight between Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo Alvarez is in jeopardy now. A day ago, the WBO super-middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders’ father asserted that if they do not get a 24 ft ring, they’ll pull out of this fight.

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Saunders’ team feels that Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport is favoring Canelo Alvarez. And that’s principally why they’ve decided to put this fight in a smaller ring.

In an interview with iFL TV, Tom Saunders shed some light on the pertaining juncture. He said, “There’s nothing in the contract about ring size. Negotiations have broke down… They’ve said it’s either 20ft or book your flights home… The fight’s off.” (h/t Michael Benson)

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The Alvarez vs Saunders matchup was made official after Alvarez claimed a thunderous win over Avni Yildirim in February. It was the Mexican boxer’s first major title defense at the 168-pound landscape, and he truly showcased his class at the Hard Rock Stadium.

As he had plans of boxing for the undisputed title, he had to fight and vanquish the Brit Saunders.

The fight was all set to take place in a perfect setting this weekend. But as ‘Superb’s team raised concerns about the ring size, it seems the contest is on the brink of falling through.

Saunders, a hard-hitting southpaw, enjoys using a huge ring to his advantage. Citing the same, his team wanted a 24 ft ring, but with under four days left, the chances are that ‘Superb’ may head back to England.

Is it worthy for Billy Joe Saunders to pull off from the Canelo Alvarez fight?

‘Superb’ is one terrifying prospect in the stacked super-middleweight roster. Until now, he’s smothered every opponent from his way to retain his undefeated boxing stint. After an exemplary 30-0 boxing run, Saunders got aligned with Canelo Alvarez for the biggest fight of his life.

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If he pulls out from this bout, Saunders might not his hands on the stout Alvarez soon, as he will have to honor mandatory defenses.

It’ll be exciting to see what Saunders and his team come up with in the next couple of days. Also, there’s no official confirmation from Matchroom Sport pertaining to the cancellation of this bout.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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