With just 3 days left to go for the super-fight between Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo Alvarez, BJS and his team had threatened to pull out from the fight against Alvarez, after a dispute over the size of the ring.
Saunders had wanted a larger 22-foot boxing ring, unlike the 20-foot ring Canelo Alvarez had wanted. BJS and his team warned Team Canelo that they would fly back to their homes, and amidst this even a replacement fighter was being readied. It was John Ryder, another Brit.
Alvarez had earlier said, “I don’t care about the size of the ring. I’m just going to going there and do my job. It’s not the only excuse he’s had. He’s had plenty of excuses. He has to fight on Saturday. The fight is going to happen. That is not a problem.”
‘The ring is not a problem’ – Billy Joe Saunders
However, BJS later said that he was up for the fight and that “I’m pleased to say the issue is sorted. The ring is not a problem. Thumbs up.”
So, the fight will go on, as 70000 fans are set to witness the super-middleweight title unification classic at the home of the Dallas Cowboys in the AT&T stadium.
Billy Joe Saunders is coming off a victory against fellow Brit, Martin Murray on the 4th of December, last year, which set him up with a fight against Canelo. He is yet to lose in his impressive 30-fight career.
Alvarez is coming off a victory against Avni Yildrim of Turkey, an opponent who has no match for Alvarez’s speed and precision. Yildrim succumbed to a third-round TKO loss.