Tyson Fury Demands “Fair Play” for Billy Joe Saunders Against Canelo Alvarez

Published 05/05/2021, 2:10 AM EDT


WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has dived into the ongoing turmoils over the Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders matchup. The 168 lbs title unification fight is in jeopardy as Saunders has threatened to walk away over a ring size dispute.

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Moreover, the WBO champion has also ridiculed the idea of not having a judge from the UK, as he believes it will play into Alvarez’s hand if the bout goes the distance. All these factors resulted in Saunders’ absence from the first face-off.

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury has backed up his stablemate in the mix and has demanded fair play from the promoters. He tweeted, “We will travel all over the world to fight the best fighters, all we ask is for a bit of fair play,”

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Coming into the fight, Tyson Fury has been vocal about his opinion on the matchup. While most of the boxing community has backed Canelo Alvarez, Fury has predicted an upset in the nearing fight. Meanwhile, 30-0 as a pro, the two-division champion will clearly have his chances against Canelo.

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However, the recent scenario has added a twist to the tale. The fight seems to be in serious jeopardy. And if neither side acts, we can see it fall off this weekend.

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Prior to the fight, Fury has envisioned Saunders teaching Canelo Alvarez a boxing lesson. Per the heavyweight elite, Alvarez has struggled to fight against southpaw boxers. He also took note of Alvarez’s sole career loss to Floyd Mayweather to pose Saunders as the superior pugilist.

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Speaking with Behind The Gloves, Fury said, “Canelo’s tasted defeat and we know he can be outboxed because we’ve seen it. [Floyd] Mayweather outboxed him convincingly. He’s had a couple of sticky fights, struggled in a couple of southpaw fights. He struggled with [Erislandy] Lara. If Lara was a bit more of a name, a bit more of a draw, he probably would’ve got the decision.”  (H/T:- DAZN)

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All these factors cite an interesting collision. However, if the off-canvas drama continues, fans will miss out on the intriguing in-ring battle.

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Do you think ‘Canelo’ vs ‘Superb’ Saunders will happen this week?

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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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