Sport Billy Joe Saunders receives Canelo Alvarez warning as British challenger given advice
Canelo blasts Billy Joe Saunders and calls him a 'loser' ahead of 2021 title clash
Canelo sounds off on his next opponent, British boxer Billy Joe Saunders, in interview with ESPNSaunders needs to beat Canelo if he's to retain his WBO super-middleweight belt.
Billy Joe Saunders will need a surprise knockout in order to beat Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and unify the super-middleweight division this weekend, according to former WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi. The British fighter currently holds the WBO strap but is aiming to dethrone pound-for-pound king Canelo and steal the 30-year-old's WBA, WBC and The Ring titles in front of a partisan crowd in Texas.
The latter is widely regarded as the finest boxer on the planet, and will go into the weekend's bout as the overwhelming favourite.
However, Saunders has never lost a professional fight and will have no plans to relinquish his unbeaten record at the AT&T Stadium in front of 60,000 fans.
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Saunders is unbeaten in his pro career, while 'Canelo' has just one loss to his nameSaunders, 31, is coming into the fight having fought just twice in the last three years, dating back to his knockout over Marcelo Esteban Coceres.
A bitter row over the size of the ring has dominated the headlines during the build-up, with Saunders and his camp threatening to walk away from the bout if their demands were not met.
Thankfully, the situation has since been resolved, with the weekend's main event set to get underway at around 4.00am on Sunday morning for UK viewers.
Saunders is likely to face a tough night against Canelo, who has only been defeated by Floyd Mayweather over the course of his 16-year career.
The Guadalajara native is known for his frightening power and impressive counter-punching ability, and will be looking to play to his strengths with the hope of sealing a 56th professional victory inside the distance.
Canelo Alvarez admits he is interested in a trilogy fight with Gennady Golovkin
Canelo Alvarez is due to fight Billy Joe Saunders on May 8 at the AT&T Stadium in TexasThe Kazakh and Canelo competed against each other in a pair of brutal contests (with both fights being contested at 160 pounds), with the first ending in a draw before Canelo defeated Golovkin via split decision over the course of 12 rounds in September 2018 to cement his legacy as one of the greatest to ever do it.
Malignaggi, who retired from boxing in 2017, has suggested that Saunders will need to put Canelo to sleep in order to win on Sunday morning.
The 40-year-old toldthat he cannot envisage anything other than a defeat for the Hertfordshire-born fighter if the bout goes to the scorecards, claiming that any decision will go Canelo's way regardless of his performance.
"Whatever Saunders does, he's going to get robbed," said Malignaggi.DON'T MISS
"It's a good fight, Saunders and Canelo. Saunders can win that fight in our minds, but he can also lose.
"It's a 50-50 fight. He can win that fight in our minds. I don't think he can win on the scorecards, no."
Canelo v Saunders: Simmering rivalry to be settled in unification clash
After waiting for his opportunity, the undefeated Billy Joe Saunders finally gets a crack at Canelo on Saturday in Texas.A deal for a long-rumoured bout appeared set to be signed in 2020, only for the coronavirus pandemic to force a change in plans. Canelo instead fought Callum Smith in December of last year, claiming the WBA and WBC super-middleweight titles with a unanimous points win.
Saunders and Canelo were dragged apart during a heated face-off on Wednesday evening, with the former taunting and pointing at his opponent as tensions rose.
He claimed earlier this month that he is unfazed by the challenge that awaits him on Sunday morning, stressing that his desire to win is so great that he would never speak to his children again if it would guarantee him victory.
"I don't give a s*** about Canelo Alvarez, not two s****," Saunders told.
"For me in my own brain, I've planned this out in my own head and I've been dreaming this since I was a little boy fighting in the front room. I've visualised this day coming.
"People say I haven't lived the life, I ain't done it right but I'm here. Two-weight world champion, two-time world champion, 30 fights, 30 wins, won every single title on the way.
"I'm here for a reason, 100 per cent. As I said, if I win this fight, let me win this fight, let me say goodbye to my kids, I'd say adios, I'd go today, I'd sign the deal to do that now.
"I reckon Canelo has the same feelings. For me this is about legacy, this ain't about money. Money comes, money goes. We all know that.
"Money is dust to me, money's not everything. To win this fight, when you die this lives on for years and years and years."
Billy Joe Saunders' career at risk as Brit faces surgery on eye injury after Canelo loss .
The 31-year-old will undergo surgery in Texas today after spending the night in hospital.The 31-year-old left the AT&T arena in Dallas in an ambulance, with Canelo claiming that he had broken his rival's cheek in the world title unification bout.