Billy Joe Saunders did NOT stop against Canelo Alvarez and ‘wanted to come out for the next round’ despite a broken cheek and eye socket, reveals trainer Ben Davison, who says he was behind him to pull him out
- Billy Joe Saunders broke his eye socket and cheek against Canelo Alvarez
- He was pulled out of the fight in the corner after taking the heavy damage
- Some have criticized Saunders for what they saw as his quitting
- But Ben Davison insists Saunders wanted to go on and fight on
Billy Joe Saunders wanted to fight against Canelo Alvarez and did not stop, according to his former trainer Ben Davison.
Ahead of Saturday’s game, Saunders spoke repeatedly of how the Mexican had never confronted anyone with his heart and was one of the vocal critics of Daniel Dubois who fell through against Joe Joyce with similar injuries to his eye and cheek.
So he has been criticized in some quarters for what they saw as Saunders stopping on his stool after lap eight.
Billy Joe Saunders broke his eye socket and broke his cheek against Canelo Alvarez
A massive uppercut did the damage and Saunders’ corner team decided to pull him out
But Davison, who sat in the corner, is adamant that Saunders wanted to go on and on iFL TV: ‘There is a very wrong opinion about what happened in the corner.
“Billy Joe came back in the corner and sat down, I came up to him and whispered in his ear and said” you proved you belong at this level and you get another chance because this fight was close. “
He grew in the fight, but I told him to pull it, so he shook his head as if to say ‘no, I’m going back out’.
“I think he even said something about how to become Orthodox.”
The trainer, who also worked with Tyson Fury, said: ‘Let me clarify a little about Billy Joe, I won’t name names, but he made sure that good quality fighters, who have a lot of heart, called it quits. the gym.
The Briton did not come out for the ninth round but did not want to give up, says Ben Davison
He just shook his head to say ‘don’t pull the fight,’ but we had to do what we had to do.
“Billy Joe would have gone back for the next round, of course, but before the round ended it was clear we had to pull on this, it was clear right away.”
Saunders himself has vowed to return after a successful operation in Dallas.
He wrote on Facebook: ‘Broken eye socket and cheekbone surgery in three places, everything went well.
‘You win some and lose some, didn’t feel out of my league but got caught with a good shot and couldn’t see and Ben got the [sic] Conner to pull it.
“Thank you all who watched, I’ll be back, god bless you all.”
Davison says Saunders didn’t put him in and makes opponents in the gym suffer
Canelo said he knew he broke Saunders’ cheek in the eighth and the fight was over
Saunders gave Alvarez some trouble and showed his class at times, but the mighty ‘Saul’ lived up to his prediction for the fight by forcing a stoppage on the 7th or 8th round.
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 was not as difficult as I expected and that is because of my preparation. I have the best trainer, I am preparing. He says “do this” and I do it. ‘