Canelo Alvarez speaks out about Billy Joe Saunders’ horrific eye injury as the Brit is rushed to the hospital.
On Saturday night, Canelo Alvarez defeated Billy Joe Saunders by stoppage.
Billy Joe Saunders was rushed to the hospital after Canelo Alvarez suffered a terrible eye injury on him in front of 70,000 fans at AT&T Stadium in Texas on Saturday night. Alvarez has added the WBO super-middleweight title of Saunders to his collection, and he intends to become the undisputed champion.
On Saturday, Alvarez reasserted his status as one of boxing’s greats by defeating Saunders for the first time in his professional career.
The Mexican megastar, who entered the ring to the accompaniment of a mariachi band, dominated the bout for the majority of the time.
He was worried by Saunders at times, but in the eighth round, he stepped up his game and delivered some crushing uppercuts to Saunders’ eye.
After swelling rapidly, the British eye was almost completely closed.
When he came to the corner at the end of the eighth, his cutman had a huge job getting him ready for the following round.
Mark Tibbs, Saunders’ head trainer, refused to let his fighter return for the ninth round, and the bout was called off while Saunders sat depressed on his stool.
Saunders was sent to the hospital with a probable broken orbital bone, and Alvarez later admitted that he knew he had hurt his opponent badly.
“I told you my fight will blossom after the sixth or seventh round,” the pound-for-pound legend stated.
“I began to adjust, knowing that this would be the final round.
“I knew it, to be told, I knew [he wouldn’t return].”
“When I got to the corner, I informed Eddie he wasn’t going to come out.
“That’s it, I broke his cheek.”
Later, he said he thought he had broken Saunders’ eye socket.
“I fractured the eye socket,” Alvarez stated. It’s a risky situation for him.
“He no longer wanted to go to the fight.
“His corner, not the referee, ended the fight.”