Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders 8/5/21
Billy Joe Saunders says it is all going to be about the brain when he takes on Canelo Alvarez in their huge unification showdown on Saturday.
The highly-anticipated event will be broadcast worldwide on DAZN and takes place at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas this weekend, as unbeaten WBO super-middleweight champion Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs) faces WBC and WBA champion Canelo (55-1-2, 37 KOs).
Saunders has been waiting for this moment for his entire life, and he has opened up on what he knows he needs to do in order to claim the historic win.
Saunders said: “This fight is all about the brain. Not about power, muscle or skill, it’s the brain and the game plan, and being able to execute that game plan.
“I 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 won’t put a pair of gloves on again.
“I can only control what I am in control of and that myself, not what is outside the ring. It’s going to be a great fight it’s one I’ve wanted for years and it’s finally landed. There’s 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 wouldn’t care.
“I have my own way of approaching the fight and Canelo will have too, he’s done this nearly 60 times. I’ll get in there as the best that I can be and that’s all I can control.
“I’ve been the underdog before, I’ve been the away fighter before, it’s not a new position, but I’m just in with a better opponent this time.
“If I go in there and I win, I’m not going to run and say never again, I’ll fight him again, I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, it doesn’t bother me. It’s good for boxing sometimes when the underdogs come through, and I don’t just mean me here, because it puts the sport on a higher platform to be watched.
“I’m at the top of the tree where I’ve done it all as an amateur, I’ve had 30 fights, I’m unbeaten, won every title coming through, two-weight World champion – I can sit back at night and say I’m top of the pile fighting the pound-for-pound king.”
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