Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders Solve Ring Size Crisis

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders Solve Ring Size Crisis

Billy Joe Saunders has confirmed that his dispute with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez over the size of the ring they will fight in has been “settled”.

On Tuesday, Saunders threatened to call off the fight and return from Texas because he was not happy with the dimensions of the ring, and John Ryder was offered to replace him.

He then didn’t show off the scheduled first face-to-face with Canelo of the week, before they faced off in a unification fight for the super middleweight world title.

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But he said Tuesday night: “I’m happy to say the problem is fixed.

“The ring is not a problem. Well done. “

Canelo had already said, “I don’t care about the size of the ring. I’m just going to go and do my job.

“It wasn’t the only excuse he had. He had plenty of excuses.

“He has to fight on Saturday. The fight will take place. This is not a problem. “

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Saunders’ British compatriot John Ryder said Sky Sports that he would be in Texas and ready to step in to fight Canelo.

He said: “I think [Saunders] will get what he wants. I still had to go out in Dallas. Eddie wanted me to be there and do some promotion, for my next fight in June, so I was always heading there. But I mean if he calls me I’m going to pack the gum shield and protector. “

Ryder admitted his chances of replacing Saunders were “very low” and said, “You don’t come that far in a fight to let him go at the last minute, because of a few feet. “

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The dispute over the dimensions of the ring was reminiscent of the mind games of Saunders’ great ally, Tyson Fury, with Wladimir Klitschko.

In 2015, Fury and his team confused Klitschko by repeatedly claiming that they would call off the fight in the short term over a range of issues, including the comfort of the gloves, the sponginess of the ring’s web, and the bandages not supervised by Klitschko.


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