Billy Joe Saunders reveals Canelo Alvarez broke his eye socket and cheekbone in THREE places – as he insists he didn’t feel ‘out of my class’ and promises to come back in his first statement since brutal loss
- Billy Joe Saunders has confirmed that he has broken his eye socket and cheekbone
- The Briton had to be withdrawn against Canelo Alvarez at the end of the eighth
- Saunders has since undergone surgery for the injuries he sustained on Saturday night
- He said he didn’t feel bad and vowed to come back in the first comment ever since
Billy Joe Saunders has confirmed he suffered broken eye socket and cheekbone in three places when he made his first statement since his brutal defeat to Canelo Alvarez.
The British super middleweight surrendered his WBO world title to Canelo after he had to stop on his stool at the end of the eighth round on Saturday night.
Saunders, who lost on all three jury scorecards at the time of the interruption, sustained a gruesome injury on the eighth round when Canelo landed a devastating uppercut and was rushed to hospital that same evening.
Billy Joe Saunders has confirmed the injuries he sustained in his fight against Canelo Alvarez
Saunders suffered the first loss of his pro career after retiring on his stool for the ninth round
He was retired from his corner due to the injury – which he has since undergone surgery to resolve – but in his first statement since losing for the only time in his professional career, Saunders insisted he was not out of his depths. felt against pound-for-pound star Canelo.
In a statement on Facebook, Saunders wrote: ‘Thank you all for the messages. Broken eye socket and broken cheekbone in three places. The operation yesterday went well.
‘You win what you lose what. Didn’t feel out of class but got caught with a good shot and couldn’t see.
Ben [Davison] got the corner to pull it. Thanks to everyone who watched. I’ll be back, God bless you all. ‘
Saunders insisted he did not feel out of class in his first statement since Canelo’s defeat
The Briton did not come out for the ninth round after breaking his eye socket and cheekbone
Canelo, who cemented his position as the greatest fighter in the world by beating Saunders in Dallas, claimed afterwards that he knew he had broken the Brit’s cheekbone in the eighth.
Immediately after the fight, a jubilant Alvarez in the ring said, “I said it would be around eight o’clock.
‘I think I broke his cheek and I knew he wouldn’t come out.
‘I told my corner he won’t come out because I broke his cheek. It wasn’t as difficult as I expected and that’s because of my preparation. I have the best trainer, I am preparing. He says “do this” and I do it. ‘
Saunders’ promoter Eddie Hearn admitted that he faces a lengthy recovery and may never fight again, having already won world titles in two weight divisions.
“He will be out for a very, very long time,” said promoter Hearn. “Maybe he decides to retire and says he won his two world titles and thus did everything he wanted in boxing.”
Canelo said he knew he broke Saunders’ cheek in the eighth and the fight was over