Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders locked in dispute over the size of ring for world title fight

Billy Joe Saunders is angry about the size of the ring for his fight against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

Saunders’ shot at boxing’s pound-for-pound king is on Saturday night in Texas, with the WBA, WBC and WBO super-middleweight championships at stake.

But a disagreement has emerged about the dimensions of the ring that they will meet in.

Tyson Fury, Saunders’ close ally, posted on social media: “I got off the phone with Billy Joe. It seems like they are trying a lot of tricks in Texas with him.

“I just want to say; you can try all of the tricks in the world but you won’t beat Billy Joe.

“Play fair, guys. Play fair, now.”

Saunders previously told Behind The Gloves: “You don’t go into a 70,000-seat [venue] and dance in a 16ft or 18ft ring, or even a 20ft ring.

“This magnitude of a fight has to be on a fair playing field.

“A proper legitimate ring, proper legitimate gloves.

“I just want a fair shake of the dice.”


Saunders beat Martin Murray last time out

How Canelo learned from defeat

“I understand that mentality is the most important thing, mindset,” he said about his 2013 loss to Floyd Mayweather.

“I understood also that a defeat is not derailing from my main goal, which is to become the best fighter in the world.

“Sometimes we think we are ready to do certain things when we are not. That applies professionally in other areas of life and it happened, but my mind is set on becoming the best fighter in the world. That’s still there.

“There will also always be something that motivates me. Right now I do want to win all of the titles, but after that there will always be some motivation.

“I love boxing. I love what I do. I always set short-term goals in my mind and for now I am fully focused on this one.”

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