Exclusive: Billy Joe Saunders talks GGG v Canelo presser, prospects of unification with Sept 16 winner

Joe Hewlett 06/07/2017
Billy Joe Saunders

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Canelo and GGG finally agreed terms this year to deliver a mega-fight to boxing fans around the world.

The fight will take place in Las Vegas on September 16 with all almost all of the middleweight world title marbles on the line.

One belt which won’t be on offer is the strap belonging to Britain’s own in Billy Joe Saunders.

The Hertfordshire man recently stunned both fighters at a London press conference as he demanded an explanation as to why neither agreed terms to fight him.

Though, Saunders was quick to play down his appearance as just merely an opportunity to voice his concerns.

“It wasn’t my show, it’s theirs but it was nice to be amongst them. I had the right to ask those questions and ask the truth,” Saunders exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Boxing’s a funny business and I think they’re looking at me thinking, ‘if BJS turns up then it’s going to be a struggle for us. If he shows his full potential then it’s too much of a risk to take before this big fight.’

“You have to put business into perspective, but I have the missing jigsaw piece (the belt) to the puzzle. I agreed to all GGG and Canelo’s terms and neither fight happened,” he revealed.

Floyd Mayweather’s fight with Conor McGregor has received a mixed reaction within the boxing fraternity, with many criticising the attention it’s received.

Saunders was asked if he agreed with those opposing the fight.

“I think so yeah, it’s a shame really because it’ll take a lot of revenue off that fight and it’s a major shame as it’s one of the biggest fights to be made in boxing at the minute.

“I’m not a fan of this MMA stuff coming into our sport. What you’re doing is putting a debutant in with Mayweather and the only time McGregor’s ever going to be in this fight hype is at the press conferences. People are buying the press conferences, which are going to be entertaining, they’re not buying the fight because they know what’s going to happen.”

The 27-year-old meanwhile, isn’t optimistic of a unification showdown with the winner of Alvarez and Golovkin.

“I’m not holding my breath, there’s rematch clauses – this, that and the other, so I’m just going to concentrate on my job because every time I wait around for other people, I take my eye off the game.

“I am more interested in what they’re doing than what I’m doing, so I’m just going to crack away and do my thing.

“I have to look good in my performances and hopefully they come back and say, ‘look let’s get it on.’ I don’t have any problems on either one who it is,” he added.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95