Billy Joe Saunders vows to fight on after successful surgery on his broken eye socket after devastating defeat by Canelo Alvarez
- Billy Joe Saunders lost the biggest fight of his life against Canelo Alvarez
- The Briton was retired on his stool at the end of the eighth round of Saturday’s fight
- Saunders sustained a serious injury to his orbital and cheekbone from an uppercut
- He has had surgery on his broken eye socket, but has now vowed to fight on
Billy Joe Saunders has vowed to fight on after a successful operation on his broken eye socket.
The 31-year-old’s career appeared to be in grave danger after a fierce uppercut from Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez halted their eighth round super-middleweight reunification fight in Dallas on Saturday night.
Promoter Eddie Hearn warned that he will be out ‘for a long time’ afterwards.
Billy Joe Saunders has vowed to return after his devastating defeat to Canelo Alvarez
The Mexican delivered a brutal uppercut on Saturday to inflict a gruesome injury on Saunders
But after his surgery on Sunday, Saunders wrote on Facebook Monday evening: ‘Broken eye socket and broken cheekbone in three places – surgery yesterday, everything went well.
‘You win something and you lose something. I didn’t feel out of my league but got caught with a good shot and couldn’t see.
Thank everyone who watched. I’ll be back, God bless you all. ‘
Saunders will struggle to recover, not just from his broken eye socket, but much more traumatic from giving up his ‘no surrender’ code.
Retired, Saunders sat on his stool by his corner and needed surgery on his injured bones
Eddie Hearn had said the Briton could decide to retire, having already won two world titles
Hearn had said he “might decide to retire because he won his two world titles and done everything he wanted in boxing,” but Saunders has now insisted he will be back.
However, there may be no other fight quite like this, in which Alvarez rejuvenated the boxing world with his dramatic ending to an initially clever and spirited attempt by Saunders.
There was one final humiliation for Saunders when Canelo’s trainer Eddie Reynoso admitted that this was not one of his man’s best performances.
And the multi-champion himself said: “This one was easier than I expected.”