Trainer Says Billy Joe Saunders Got the Mind of Floyd Mayweather – Does He?

Published 02/12/2021, 6:05 AM EST


This year, Billy Joe Saunders will take the toughest test of his career by confronting the pound-for-pound king, Canelo Alvarez. The pair will fight for the unified 168-pound belts only if the Mexican boxer gets past Avni Yildirim on February 27.

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It’s clear that Canelo is the favorite for the Saunders fight. But, the Brit’s coach believes Saunders exhibits a mindset like Floyd Mayweather through which he’ll easily dispatch the Mexican.

Mark Tibbs, a long-time trainer of Billy Joe Saunders, was in a chat with talkSPORT. Here, he talked about his fighter’s mental and physical prowess that’ll help him have an edge over Alvarez.

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“Billy Joe Saunders has got the mind of Floyd Mayweather. He’s got beautiful feet, he’s got brilliant hand speed, and he’s got one of the best IQs in world boxing today.”

“So why hasn’t he got a chance?” said Tibbs.

Tibbs compared ‘Superb’ to the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, who exhibited the best fight mindset in his career. Mayweather even gave Alvarez his first and only career loss in 2013. Ever since then, ‘Canelo’ has hardly been stunned inside the squared circle.

However, Mark Tibbs feels Saunders won’t budge an inch against the resilient Alvarez. He asserted ‘Superb’ has the best fight IQ in the sport coupled with his movements and hand speed at present in boxing. This is principally why he has a massive chance to hand Saul Alvarez his second career loss and maintain his own unbeaten run.

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Can Billy Joe Saunders bring in his best game-plan against Canelo Alvarez?

Saunders has trounced every opponent he’s faced to claim the WBO belt. But until today, he hasn’t faced someone as skilled as Alvarez. The latter will look to provide a stern test to the Brit. Saunders will have to bring in his top-graded plan to upset Alvarez and solidify his place in the 168-pound division.

Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez prepares for his bout with Callum Smith before their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The pair will take each other on in a 12-round clash on May 8, and Saunders has already begun training for this fight. He has ample time to set up a watch-worthy game-plan and he’ll look to perform just the way he planned.

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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)

If ‘Superb’ wins against Alvarez by any means, needless to say, it’ll go down as an upset in modern-day boxing. Both the boxers will be hungry to put on a win here and subsequently fight for the undisputed championship.

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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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