‘It’s Just Excuses’ – Canelo Alvarez Responds to Billy Joe Saunder’s Criticism About the Judges

Published 05/04/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Canelo Alvarez celebrates after his majority-decision win over Gennady Golovkin during their WBC/WBA middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders have frequently lashed at each other, prior to their 168 lbs unification battle on May 8. This vile relation has seen another verbal confrontation where Alvarez responded to his opponent’s criticism over the judges.

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WBO titleholder Billy Joe Saunders has ridiculed the judges for favoring Alvarez every time a fight goes to the decision. According to the Brit champion, having a no scorer from England would be an advantage for Canelo. While the P4P king has attained most of his wins via stoppage, Saunders didn’t hesitate to put a scratch on him.

However, Canelo Alvarez appeared unbothered about the remarks. He connected with Brian Custer to respond. That said, the WBC and WBA champion vowed to stop Saunders when they collide inside the ring.

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He said, “We are in the USA country. I am not from here, I am from Mexico, he is from England. So, he is not a Mexican user. So, it’s just excuses, excuses, and excuses. But at the end of the day, I hope I don’t need the judges.”

The 12-round headliner will take place at the AT& T Stadium, amid a live audience. Matchroom Promotions have unveiled a stacked card and it will be available live on PPV in DAZN. As the winner takes all three belts, Alvarez vs Saunders can be a gateway for several more 168 lbs thrillers in the coming days.

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Although Alvarez appears favorite between the two, Billy Joe Saunders can rightfully shock the world. The undefeated boxer is 3-0 and is already a two-division world champion. He will clearly have to work extra to dismantle Canelo Alvarez. But the WBO champion can utilize several factors.

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‘Superb’ Saunders will have a 3” height advantage with 1” reach over Canelo Alvarez. Although Alvarez has successfully beaten taller guys in the past, a southpaw in Saunders can be different. He is a hard puncher and is technically sound.

Moreover, training with the WBC champion Tyson Fury can be the fuel to his fire. After remaining inactive for more than a year, Saunders successfully returned to defend his belt against Martin Murray in December 2020.

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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)

Meanwhile, Canelo Alvarez also ended his year-long inactivity by beating Callum Smith for the WBC and WBA titles in December. He further defended them with a Knockout against Avni Yildirim in February. Hence both men have been super active in recent times. So, it makes sense to put them in a blockbuster ride.

Who do you think will win? Canelo Alvarez or Billy Joe Saunders?

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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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