Well, that drama died down pretty quickly.
Just a few hours ago, the super middleweight unification fight between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders was in doubt after Team Saunders complained about the unfavorably small ring size. Well that’s a distant memory because Billy Joe posted a video saying this whole thing is no longer a problem.
“I just want to say I’m glad the problem is fixed,” Saunders said on his Instagram history. “I tagged Eddie Hearn and Canelo in the last video and the ring is not a problem. So the thumbs up.
We don’t know what it means when Saunders says ‘the problem is fixed’ and if he’s going to get a bigger ring (22 or 24 feet), or if he dropped it and will take care of it. smaller ring that will impact his ability to move as often as he normally does in combat. Either way, maybe this confrontation between Canelo and a member of Team Saunders played a role.
Verbal altercation between Canelo and a member of Billy Joe Saunders’ team in the hotel lobby. A team member asks, “What’s going on with the ring? We’ve come a long way, let’s grow up bullshit. Canelo replies: “You are f *** ing p *** y. “
– Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) May 4, 2021
John Ryder (29-5, 16 KOs) was supposed to travel to Dallas to serve as a replacement opponent once this news broke. Truth be told, he arguably should have gotten a nod against Canelo’s recent opponent Callum Smith, so he would have been a decent replacement. It’s Billy Joe Saunders, so he might as well stay all week.
Saunders has the WBO super middleweight title, while Canelo owns the WBC and WBA titles. The fight takes place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on May 8, with the DAZN main card start time at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.