‘You could [offer me] a billion pounds – I’d say keep it ‘: Billy Joe Saunders pulls out of Canelo Alvarez talks after being unable to train properly for September fight … and insists he “fight for free” when he is fit and ready
- Billy Joe Saunders was scheduled to fight Canelo Alvarez in May, but he was canceled
- Talks started during the fight in September, but Saunders has now withdrawn
- He says he doesn’t have time for a full combat camp before the postponed date
- Saunders says he will fight for free when he is ready to take on a formidable Mexican
Billy Joe Saunders withdrew from talks to fight Canelo Alvarez in September after insisting that he did not have enough time for a full training camp in preparation.
The undefeated WBO super middleweight champion had to defend his belt against the Mexican in May before the coronavirus stopped the fight.
Talks were underway over a possible postponement postponed until September, but now Saunders has revealed that he will not be ready to step into the ring by then.
Billy Joe Saunders withdrew from talks to face formidable Canelo Alvarez in September
Alvarez (left) and Saunders were scheduled to fight in May, but the coronavirus forced the cancellation
He said The Athletic: “I’m not ready for September. You can tell me, “Billy Joe, a billion pounds, but you’re not ready and you’re going to be beaten.” I would say keep it.
“Let me prepare, let me win and I will fight for free. I am not a stepping stone. I am not another belt for Canelo. They want to try mind games … that don’t work with me, I play the greatest mind games in British boxing. ”
Saunders’ decision comes after traveling to Spain with coach Ben Davison and fellow boxer Josh Taylor to resume training.
But this time abroad was not enough to convince the Briton that he would be ready for a decisive fight in his career in just two months.
Alvarez is looking for an opponent for September but it will not be Saunders, who has retired
Saunders (right) last fought with the KSI-Logan Paul undercard in November of last year
There are also some question marks over the combat fees Saunders would receive for opposing Alvarez, after he revealed that he had not been offered the £ 6.4 million originally quoted .
“If they think they’re going to cut my money and cut me short, that won’t happen,” added Saunders.
“Considering he receives $ 35 million (£ 28 million), they come to me for a drop in wages in September?” They want short notice and a pay cut. Why not give him a drop in salary?