Billy Joe Saunders has a theory as to why Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez won’t face him

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📸 Ed Mulholland

Billy Joe Saunders believes his impressive victory over David Lemieux may have had an adverse effect on his chances of securing a fight with Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez.

The superb performance, which was a masterclass in boxing, pushed Saunders further into the spotlight with the Stateside fans and the Hatfield man says it may have the respective teams of ‘GGG’ and the Mexican running scared.

“I think that the Canada performance was good in one way and bad in another because it was good for my stock, but bad for business,” said Saunders.

“Golovkin and Canelo are not scared, but the people that look after them… they don’t want someone coming in and giving them a hard night’s work or beating them.

“But I trust Frank [Warren] and my management, MTK, I know they’re looking after me and I know the big fight will come.”

Saunders is now moving on to an all-UK clash with four-time world title challenger Martin Murray as Golovkin and Canelo ready themselves for a May 5th rematch in Las Vegas.


The bookmakers have already installed Saunders as a money-on favourite to defeat Murray on April 14 and the champion hopes a win in London will finally tee up a showdown against Golovkin and ‘Canelo’.

“I’ve got two years to do what I want to do and be at the pinnacle of my career,” said Saunders.

“When you get older, am I going to be as sharp as I am at 31 or 32? In my opinion, I don’t think I will be so I want to make the most of things while I’ve got my youth and while I’m feeling good and fresh.”