THROWBACK: Billy Joe Saunders Gatecrashes Canelo vs. GGG Press Conference

Published 05/08/2021, 6:04 AM EDT
Boxer Billy Joe Saunders during a press conference at Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)


Billy Joe Saunders, the UK’s elite world champion, knows how to get under the nerves of his foes. Starting from trash talking to mind games, Saunders has every trick in his arsenal. However, he seemingly broke the barrier in 2017, gate crashing a press conference of Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin.

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While Billy Joe Saunders and his future rival Canelo Alvarez were at 160 lbs then, Saunders aimed at a fight against him and Gennady Golovkin. Alvarez vs ‘GGG’ was a massive fight, and to promote it worldwide, several tours and press conferences were hosted.

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In the London press conference, the WBO middleweight champion (then) Saunders made his way to the live audience. ‘GGG’ and Alvarez were scheduled to fight for the WBA, IBF, and Alvarez’s vacated WBC strap, which was also held by ‘GGG’ at the time. Hence, Saunders grabbed the mic and made his presence felt at the event.

Billy Joe Saunders makes waves at the Alvarez vs Golovkin event

Firstly, Saunders asked Alvarez why he vacated his WBC title instead of defending it against Gennady Golovkin. As Alvarez responded in Spanish, Saunders seemed to have received his answer. He then turned his attention towards Gennady Golovkin.

Per Talk Sport, Saunders said, “Will the winner entertain me, for the WBO 160lbs [title]? “Golovkin, I was supposed to fight you but talks broke down between me and your team.” 

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When ‘GGG’ responded, Saunders said, “Yes, well I’m very, very interested in that fight, love the fight. “My bit was signed to fight you, but for some reason, you lost your pen. So hopefully if Canelo fights you – and I think that Canelo will beat you – I’m hoping to fight you or Canelo in America.”

STEVENAGE, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Billy Joe Saunders takes part in a workout session at The Lamex Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Stevenage, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Although they are in a new weight class, Saunders and Alvarez will not have forgotten this press conference. The former wanted the fight, and he’s finally gotten it after almost four years. ‘Superb’ will challenge Canelo Alvarez for the WBC, WBA, and Ring titles on May 8.

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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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