After threatening to quit, Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders has been rescheduled with the ring issue ‘resolved.’
Billy Joe Saunders had threatened to withdraw at the last minute due to a disagreement over the ring size for his fight with Canelo Alvarez.
Billy Joe Saunders has put to rest his qualms about the ring size for his fight against Canelo Alvarez this weekend. After finding that the ring size will be only 16/18ft, Saunders made it obvious that he was ready to pull out earlier this week.
“That is simply unacceptable to me. On Tuesday, Saunders remarked, “I want a 24ft ring, and they’re saying it won’t happen.”
“I’ve delegated it to my staff, and I’m confident they’ll find a solution; otherwise, there won’t be a fight.”
In fact, the WBO super-middleweight champion skipped the first bout with Alvarez on Tuesday due to concerns that the contest would be canceled.
As the WBA and WBC world champion walked through the hotel lobby on Tuesday, Saunders’ team confronted him.
John Ryder has also been flown down to Dallas and is prepared to take over for Saunders.
However, when Saunders provided an update on social media, it looks that the ring size issue has been fixed.
On his Instagram story, Saunders stated, “I just want to say the matter is sorted.”
“As you can see in the last video, I tagged [Matchroom Boxing promoter] Eddie Hearn and Canelo, and the ring isn’t an issue, so thumbs up.”
“Chilling back, watching a few films and, Eddie, get the ring in, mate,” Saunders said from his bed to his Twitter followers.
Alvarez reportedly stated that he would gladly accept a larger ring, ridiculing Saunders for his “excuses.”
“He has to fight Saturday, the fight will take place, it is not a problem,” Alvarez stated.
“To tell you the truth, I don’t give a damn about the size of the ring. I’m going to go in and finish what I’m supposed to be doing.
“It’s not his only justification; he’s come up with a lot of them. I’m just going to walk in and do what needs to be done.
“There is nothing that irritates me. I’m only concerned with winning on Saturday. Canelo remarked, “I’m calm.”
It was always improbable that Saunders would withdraw from the fight at the last minute, despite the fact that it would be the highest payday of his career.
“Brinkwire Summary News” would be forfeiting the unification match.