Billy Joe Saunders talks Key to beating Canelo Alvarez

WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders admits that he can’t see any weaknesses whatsoever in the game of WBA/WBC champion Canelo Alvarez ahead of their main event fight on May 8th on DAZN from the AT&T Stadium in Arington, Texas.

Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs) and Canelo (55-1-2, 37 KOs) could be fighting in front of a crowd of 60,000 fans in two months from now. For the 31-year-old Billy Joe, this is the fight that he’s been eager to get for the last decade.

He’s finally getting it and wants to make the most of his opportunity. Saunders isn’t saying what his game plan will be for the fight, but it’s going to need to be the perfect one for him to get the ‘W’ on the night.

Saunders lacks punching power, so it’s reasonable to assume that he’s going to need to go the full 12.

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That’s not going to be easy for Saunders to go the distance with Alvarez, let alone beat him by a decision.

Saunders sees no weaknesses in Canelo

“No weaknesses at all, not one,” said Billy Joe Saunders to DAZN when asked if he sees flaws in Canelo’s game. “I’m probably one of his biggest fans.

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“I love watching him. I’ve got all his memorabilia. He’s an icon figure,” said a fawning Billy Joe.

It’s not going to help Saunders by keeping his thoughts secret about the flaws that he sees in Canelo’s game.

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He’s still going to be giving away speed, power, and defensive skills. On top of that, Canelo will have the AT&T crowd entirely on his side on May 8th, which means every punch he throws will be cheered loudly by his loyal boxing fans.

If there are any close rounds, you’ve got to assume the judges will give lean in the direction of Canelo.

Power doesn’t help beat Canelo

Is that what you need, power?” asked Saunders when told that Callum Smith says he lacks the power to beat Canelo.

“He’s got power; did it make any difference? Did Kovalev’s power make any difference? Yeah, he was like a robot standing there,” said Saunders when told that Gennady Golovkin couldn’t beat Canelo despite having courage.

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“I’ll let you hit me, I’ll hit you, and let’s trade. Golovkin, I like him. He’s a good man and good for the sport. But what was he when he boxed [Canelo], 35 or 36?” said Saunders.

Power does help against Canelo, but not if you’re too afraid to use it. Canelo’s last two opponents, Avni Yildirim and Callum Smith were both huge punchers, but they looked terrified to throw. The reason for that, they didn’t want to get countered by him.

It was the same thing with Gennadiy Golovkin and Sergey Kovalev. They were afraid of being hit with Canelo’s counters, so they were selective about throwing their punches.

Golovkin ended up taking a lot of the zip off his shots to improve his accuracy, which ultimately helped Canelo. Daniel Jacobs arguably had the most success against Canelo because he wasn’t afraid to get countered, but he still lost because he wasn’t busy enough in the first half of the fight.

Was Golovkin robbed against Canelo?

“There have been people previously robbed against Canelo, you’re saying?” said Billy Joe.

“If they tried to rob Mayweather, so I’ve got to make sure they don’t do it against me. Is that what you’re saying?

“He [Canelo] hits very clean, very hard, very accurate, and very precise. He’s got it all; I will give him his due,” Saunders said.

It’s pretty obvious that Golovkin did get a raw deal in the first fight, but he deserved the loss in the rematch. The reason the judges scored the first Canelo-Golovkin fight a draw is that Canelo landed the harder shots, which evened things out with the more numerous punches that Golovkin was landing.

Most of Golovkin’s punches were jabs, and they didn’t land cleanly the way Canelo’s shots were.

Billy Joe grateful for the opportunity

“I just want to thank his team for this opportunity because I’m amazed by this opportunity,” said Saunders about his happiness in having been picked by Alvarez.

“I’m overwhelmed. I’m going to be star-struck when I see him because you can freeze. It all depends,” said Billy Joe when asked if he’ll freeze against Canelo on May 8th.

“When you look at someone like an idol, and you see them face-to-face, it’s a different story. Look at the man, look at the sort of machine he is.

“Look at the physique of him. No, I’m just talking the truth. There will be a lot of Gypsy’s as well,” said Saunders about his fans making the trek to watch him fight Canelo live at the A&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on May 8th.

“English, Irish, Scotch, Welsh, American, every nationality you can think of will be there. I think Canelo is one of the greats, isn’t he?

“He’s been in with everybody, and he’s heard it all before. So I can only talk the truth about him. He’s a good fighter, he’s a brilliant fighter.

“Obviously, at the minute, he’s the face of boxing. Positive drug test? He did have a positive drug test, didn’t he? What we he taking for the drug test?” said Saunders about Alvarez.

Saunders is getting the fight only becaue Canelo wants to unify the super middleweight division, not because he bringing anything to the table in terms of popularity. This fight actually hurts Canelo because it won’t interest American boxing fans as much as it would if the Mexican star were facing fighters they would prefer.

You can argue there are at seven or eight fighters that American fans would prefer Canelo to fight than seeing him face Saunders. This is a fight that Canelo wants because of Saunders’ WBO belt.

If not for that, he probably wouldn’t be getting the fight. It will help Canelo win more UK fans by fighting Saunders, but it’ll come at the expense of fewer Americans being interested in the fight.

It’s kind of a tradeoff. If Canelo wanted to get a lot of American fans interested, he’d fight one of these guys:

  • Gennady Golovkin
  • Jermall Charlo
  • David Benavidez
  • Edgar Berlanga
  • Demetrius Andrade
  • Jermell Charlo
  • Artur Beterbiev
  • Dimitry Bivol
  • Joe Smith Jr

21 thoughts on “Billy Joe Saunders talks Key to beating Canelo Alvarez”

  1. My father José Montaño was king of the street fighters in the 50’s in Mexicali, Mexico. My two older brothers Francisco & Cesar Montaño were the badest street fighters in the 70’s . My dad & older brothers gave the kind of respect to Canelo as they did to Salvador Sanches, Marvin Hagler, M. A. Barrera, Erik Morales, J. C. Chavez , J. M Marquez, R.Marciano, and other Great fighters & Champions, for the most boxer fighters that walked their opponents down only really one who could knock u out going backwards was Mohamed Ali . He taught me and my younger brother Gus to keep guard up bob n weave jab to control n set up right follow w left hook. My older brothers dad’s 1st. Family taught us strike first a rapid thrust kick to the solar plexus or balls n follow thru ! my 2nd. Oldest bro Cesar taught us come at ’em guard up but throw the right first with total accuracy to the nose or right eye with all the power. They both received an honorary Black Belt from our Great Grand Master Francisco Ramirez founder of kobra kaj International School of Martial Arts. Who fought all over the world and retired Undefeated some of those matches only One made it out of the ring.
    Rubén Montaño

  2. First Canelo fight was a good call. GGG missed 4-5 punches at a time. Canelo won the second by 2 rounds. People talk about Charlo. He’s an easier fight than BJ AND CALEB. Charlo was given a gift. Canelo will tear his body apart. It will be a Ortiz vs Hooker look alike fight. Berlanga? Wow. Fighters think they can beat Canelo until they are in the ring. Like Pacman. Charlo vs Benavidez , winner get Canelo in December or May 2022. Beterbiev kos Bivol

  3. Canelo will open a can of ” whipass”on all the Charlos, or Benavidez. Everybody wants to fight Canelo for the big purses not because they deserve a title shot, so they talk crap because talk is cheap!

  4. Everybody keeps crying about GGG.. where was GGG when Andre Ward was dominating this weight class?????? He was fighting blowing up welterweights.. and then he met his match and everybody’s crying trilogy 😒he doesn’t deserve a Trilogy give Daniel Jacobs a rematch fight Charlo, Demetrius Andrade earn your spot to fight Canelo..ALL🐴💩

  5. This article is nonsense. It’s funny how with time people think they can rewrite history. GGG lost the second fight fairly? Nonsense! GGG won both fights, but he got robbed. Virtually all the journalists in attendance scoring the fight had it for GGG, as did the commentary pundit. Very few were of the opinion that he lost, and those that were, justified it with reasons that shouldn’t influence the decision (i.e. “GGG spoke of wanting a toe-to-toe war but then boxed instead”). Also, you say Canelo landed more powerful shots? Well, that’s based on ignorance because Golovkin has power in all his shots, he doesn’t need to to swing madly or lean into shots to generate power. The only person that ever looked like going down between the two, the only one that was truly rocked, was Canelo. Ring generalship belonged to GGG, he lead beautifully with the jab, controlled distance, and dictated the pace of the fight. Not once, was GGG cornered against the ropes in either fight.

    You need to go back an refresh your memory!

    • Tired of people crying about GGG.. just like Billy Joe said about Daniel Jacobs.. People forget GGG never won that fight against Jacobs and he never gave Jacobs a rematch.!!!!. Bottom line GGG got beat he kept fighting blowing up welterweights in met his match with Canelo..Now he avoided Jacobs rematch and every other competitive middleweight like Charlo and Demetrius Andrade.. and what about Laura.. if anybody deserves a rematch it was him.. Mayweather gave Costello and Marcos Maidana rematch when there is ANY question.. but people have the nerve to slam Mayweather get real

    • GGG had his chance to beat Canelo without going to the judges cards and he failed ” twice”! How many times does he have to fight this dude? Charlo should fight GGG and we’ll finally see how good Charlo is. If he can’t put GGG away he is just another fighter out of many.

    • I fought on the streets when I was a kid and we would always said who won by looking how the guys looked at the end. In the first and more so on the second GGG looked totally messed up, Canelo looked a lot better than GGG. On the post fight conference in both occasions, GGG had to wear huge glasses to hide his face. In both occasions, Canelo did not wear glasses showing he was not punished as bad as GGG ( that is beside the fact that Canelo also hit the body a lot. GGG barely touch Canelo body). Don’t expect haters to understand, they’ll make excuses but I challenge you to go and look how both fighters looked after their fights

  6. All that idolizing Canelo isn’t going to cause Canelo to lose focus it’s just going to make it worse but respect for Billy for being honest but he needs to give himself credit and go in with the mindset to win

  7. Out of any of the top fighters on this list, who has the resume of top fights in there careers? None of these bumms come close….

  8. I the good boxers say they want to fight best but they never do all talk!! It should be like in the 70s and 80s when everybody fought one another!!! 🥊🥊

    • Like all brits, with the exception of the guy iron mike bit on his ear, have no such power . tentative will get him KO’d.

  9. If Billy Joe isn’t in top shape and chiselled for this one he might as well jump off the Tallahatchie bridge and save himself the embarrassment.

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