Eddie Hearn claims Billy Joe Saunders will be absent for a ‘long, long time’ – as promoter reveals Brit went to hospital for surgery on a suspected broken eye socket that was beaten by Canelo Alvarez
- Billy Joe Saunders was injured in the eighth round against Canelo Alvarez
- British coach Mark Tibbs threw in the towel as his husband struggled to see
- Eddie Hearn confirmed that Saunders had gone to hospital for surgery
- The promoter believes the 31-year-old could have more big fights ahead
- However, Hearn acknowledged that Saunders may now want to turn it down
- The win for Alvarez means he has now united the super middleweight division
Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Billy Joe Saunders will be out ‘for a very, very long time’ after the 31-year-old suffered the first defeat of his career and suffered a suspected broken eye socket.
Saunders defended his WBO super-middleweight title in front of a crowd of 73,000 in Dallas, but had no answer for Alvarez, who took his 56th professional victory to unite the division in the process when British coach Mark Tibbs made the decision to pitch. in the towel after eight rounds when Saunders’ injury was treated.
Despite a brutal defeat, Hearn felt his husband had some blockbuster attacks to look forward to, but admitted that the near future was bleak.
Billy Joe Saunders’ corner threw in the towel after round eight because of the Brit’s eye injury
Eddie Hearn has said his husband will undergo surgery on a suspected broken eye socket
‘I think because he couldn’t see, the next round would be a bad situation. I think he would have been badly injured in that round.
“He went to the hospital and I think he will have it operated on immediately, so he will be away for a long, long time.
“But he’s a world-class fighter who lost to No. 1 pound-for-pound. He’s a world champion with two weights.
If he wants to continue, there are some big fights ahead of him. He may feel like he’s reached a stage where he’s been there, he’s done it, he’s seen everything. We support him 100 percent. ‘
Canelo Alvarez quickly asserted his dominance when he landed some huge shots at the Briton
The Mexican has now reunited the super-middleweight division with his 56th professional victory
Despite Saunders getting off to a quick start, Alvarez quickly asserted his dominance, taking a series of massive shots, including a brutal uppercut in round eight that caused the eye injury before the fight was stopped, with the Mexican going for 78-74, 77-75 and 78 -74 on the scorecards of the three judges.
The way Saunders was defeated led some to question his criticism of Daniel Dubois last year for taking a knee against Joe Joyce, although Dubois paid tribute to his countryman after his defeat.
‘You fought well @bjsaunders_. I hope your eye heals soon and you can become a stronger champion, ‘he tweeted.