After losing to Canelo, Billy Joe Saunders’ future is in jeopardy due to an eye injury.
After spending the night in the hospital, the 31-year-old will have surgery in Texas today.
After the injuries he sustained in Saturday’s horrific defeat by Canelo Alvarez were diagnosed, Billy Joe Saunders’ boxing future is in jeopardy. After taking a powerful uppercut from Alvarez in the eighth round in Texas, Saunders was unable to continue and lost his unbeaten professional record.
Canelo claimed that he had broken his opponent’s cheek in the world title unification contest and departed the AT&T venue in Dallas in an ambulance.
When Saunders sat down on his stool at the end of the eighth round, he had a large swelling around his eye and was having trouble seeing.
In front of 73,126 fans, Saunders’ trainer, Mark Tibbs, pulled his boxer from the ring, confirming his first loss in the 31st fight of his career, while the Mexican extended his record of only one defeat in 59 contests.
After the struggle, the Englishman was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, where he spent the night.
After the fight, promoter Eddie Hearn remarked, “He’s going to be out for a long, long time.”
In his news conference, Canelo added, “When you break a cheekbone, you jeopardize your life, and you can’t continue that way.”
The entire extent of Saunders’ injury has now been established, with several fractures to his orbital bone reported by The Athletic.
Saunders will have surgery on his injuries later today and will miss a significant amount of time.
“Just in hospital in Dallas, @bjsaunders_ stayed in overnight,” Hearn tweeted. Multiple fractures to the orbital area, and surgery is scheduled for this afternoon.”
Meanwhile, Hearn, who represents both Saunders and Canelo, told The Athletic that Saunders had a quadripod fracture and that he would require “many months” to recuperate.
Given the difficulties others have had with comparable issues, it seems doubtful that the injury will heal sufficiently for him to continue his career.
Kell Brook suffered a shattered eye socket in a 2016 loss to Gennady Golovkin, and then a second injury to the opposite eye in a 2017 loss to Errol Spence Jr.
Brook has battled to overcome his issues, while British heavyweight Daniel Dubois damaged his orbital bone in his fight to. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”