Canelo Alvarez Not Concerned About Billy Joe Saunders’ Trash Talk: “I Am a Very Mature Fighter”

Published 02/28/2021, 10:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


It’s official! Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders will lock horns on May 8 with all the three super middleweight straps (WBC, WBO, WBA) at stake. Alvarez’s sensational win over Avni Yildirim has earned him the title unification fight, and it might be another walk in the park for the Mexican superstar.

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However, Billy Joe Saunders is an undefeated elite and has troubled all of his in-ring opponents. Moreover, he knows how to get under the skin of his rivals.

Besides being one of the most skilled super middleweights, ‘Superb’ Saunders is also a skilled trash-talker. So, Alvarez might have to fend off attacks, even before they collide in the ring.

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It can put some additional pressure on the P4P king, but he claimed that he will remain calm. In his recent post-fight interview, Canelo Alvarez addressed the situation and revealed his plan on dealing with it.

“People talk, but I am mature fighter. I am a very mature fighter, I know how to control myself and all I need to do is get into the ring, win and make history. People say in general you know, words are just fluff,” said Alvarez. (Via a translator)

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However, several factors will determine the outcome of a fight and ‘Superb’ Saunders can rightfully land an upset against Alvarez.

Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders- A real super-middleweight treat

Boasting of 30 wins and the WBO title, Saunders is a threat to the other super middleweights. Although many consider Canelo Alvarez to be superior, Tyson Fury doesn’t feel the same. ‘The Gypsy King’ claimed that Saunders can vanquish Alvarez, and all he needs is activity.

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Speaking with Gareth A Davies, Fury said, “He needs to be active and he will punch Canelo Alvarez all around the ring. Canelo Alvarez’s kryptonite is someone who boxes and moves southpaw, slick, good feet, good hand speed, good power. Billy Joe Saunders does all of that, but he needs to be active.”

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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)

Alvarez has been successful in four-weight classes and has vast experience in the sport. He is a year younger than Saunders, but has competed in 28 more fights at the professional level. So, it may not be as simple a task as ‘The Gypsy King’ claimed it to be.

Do you think Billy Joe Saunders can put a quell on Canelo Alvarez’s dominance?

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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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