Saunders: "This Fight Is All About Boxing Brains"
Billy Joe Saunders says he has the boxing brain to dethrone
pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez in their blockbuster
Super-Middleweight unification battle on Saturday night (May
8), live worldwide on DAZN and distributed by TV Azteca in
Mexico and Latin America.
Unbeaten Briton Saunders (30-0 18 KOs) puts his WBO strap on
the line for the third time against the Mexican star and is
aiming to add the WBC and WBA Super belts held by the
Saunders has been widely regarded as having the ring smarts
to be the man to hand Canelo a first defeat in eight years
and be the man to take the next step to being undisputed at
168lbs Ė and the 31 year old says fighting Canelo on Cinco
de Mayo weekend holds no fear.
ďThis fight is all about the brain,Ē said Saunders. ďNot
about power, muscle or skill, itís the brain and the game
plan, and being able to execute that game plan.
ďI brush opinions off because I know what goes through my
head and my mind, and what I have done in my career is
through the will and want to win, and the day I lose that, I
wonít put a pair of gloves on again.
ďI can only control what I am in control of and that myself,
not what is outside the ring. Itís going to be a great fight
itís one Iíve wanted for years and itís finally landed.
Thereís a lot at stake for both of us. Would I like my fans
there? Yes. Would I like UK media there? Yes. If the fight
was moved to the Mexican border I wouldnít care.
ďI have my own way of approaching the fight and Canelo will
have too, heís done this nearly 60 times. Iíll get in there
as the best that I can be and thatís all I can control.
ďIíve been the underdog before, Iíve been the away fighter
before, itís not a new position, but Iím just in with a
better opponent this time.
ďIf I go in there and I win, Iím not going to run and say
never again, Iíll fight him again, Iíll fight anyone,
anywhere, it doesnít bother me. Itís good for boxing
sometimes when the underdogs come through, and I donít just
mean me here, because it puts the sport on a higher platform
to be watched.
ďIím at the top of the tree where Iíve done it all as an
amateur, Iíve had 30 fights, Iím unbeaten, won every title
coming through, two-weight World champion - I can sit back
at night and say Iím top of the pile fighting the
Alvarez and Saunders clash on a huge night of action in
Texas with a stacked undercard in support of the mammoth
main event, with Elwin Soto (18-1 12 KOs) defending his WBO
World Light-Flyweight title against Katsunari Takayama (32-8
Kieron Conway (16-1-1 3 KOs) defends his WBA
Intercontinental Super-Welterweight title against Souleymane
Cissokho (12-0 8 KOs), Eddy Reynoso trained Cuban
Heavyweight Frank Sanchez (17-0 13 KOs) meets Nagy Aguilera
(21-10 14 KOs), Mexican-American talent Marc Castro (2-0 2
KOs) fights on his third Canelo undercard, Castroís old
amateur foe Keyshawn Davis (2-0 2 KOs) faces Jose Antonio
Meza (6-4 1 KO) over six rounds and itís a family affair on
the night with Keyshawnís brother Kelvin Davis (1-0 1 KO)
fights for the second time in the paid ranks, with Mexican
Welterweight Christian Alan Gomez Duran (19-2-1 17 KOs)
celebrating Cinco De Mayo weekend over eight rounds against
an opponent to be named soon.