Billie Joe Saunders Hinting at a Possible Retirement

Billy Joe Saunders Defeated By Canelo Alvarez

  • Billie Joe Saunders says he may not fight again after losing to Canelo Alvarez.
  • Saunders quit on his stool against Alvarez after suffering multiple fractures to his right eye socket.
  • He is the first fighter from the Traveling Community to become a two-division world champion.

Although he has spoken several times to different reporters after that loss, Billie Joe Saunders has never been asked about his future plans after suffering his first career loss to Canelo Alvarez.

When that topic finally entered the conversation during an interview with Jim White and Simon Jordan.

Said Saunders via Talk Sport

“At the end of the day, I’m 31 years old, if I don’t ever wanna work again, wanna sit back, wanna chill, I can do that. And so it should be, I’ve put a lot of time into boxing and I’ve paid my dues. The sport’s been very, very good to me.”

He also said that it’s hard to decide where to go from here after a fight like Canelo. Added Saunders:

“Because coming down from fights like that, it’s very hard, where do you go from there. I’ll have a chat with my dad because he’ll have a big say in it. To be fair it will be more or less down to my dad in the conversation more than me if I’m honest. It’s one of them where it’s 50/50. Whether I think, I will have one more or a couple more, but they’ve gotta be the right sort of fights. If he says, ‘Leave it son, don’t go back for more,’ then that’s probably what I’ll do.”

Two Division Champion

Saunders won the WBO super middleweight title by defeating Shefat Isufi in May 2019. By winning that belt, he became the first boxer from the Traveling Community to become a two-division world boxing champion. Saunders successfully defended the belt two times before fighting Canelo last month.

The 31-year old entered the Alvarez bout with an undefeated 30-0 record with 14 knockouts. Previously, he won the WBO middleweight title and made three successful title defenses before moving up in weight class.

Saunders’ resume boasted of wins over former world champions David Lemieux, Chris Eubank Jr., Andy Lee, and Martin Murray. Saunders also defeated former title challengers Willie Monroe Jr., Artur Akavov, and Jarrod Fletcher. But he had never fought someone like Canelo.

Multiple Fractures to Eye Socket

Saunders gave Canelo a good fight but the longer the bout went, Alvarez started to dominate. Towards the end of the 8th round, Canelo nailed Saunders with a nasty uppercut that caused immediate swelling to his right eye. His corner waved off the bout after he said he couldn’t see from his right eye. Saunders was later found out to have suffered multiple fractures to his eye socket and underwent surgery.

Alvarez led on all scorecards at the time of the stoppage. The Mexican was up 78-74, 78-74, and 77-75 in the judges scorecards when the bout was halted. Despite the wide margin, Saunders gave a good account himself against the number 1 pound for pound fighter on the planet. Unfortunately, Alvarez was just too good, and too strong for him.

There are still too many good fights ahead of Saunders. A rematch with Eubank Jr. and a showdown with Callum Smith are just two. But after suffering a serious injury from a single Canelo uppercut, we may never see him fight again.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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