Canelo Alvarez in altercation with Billy Joe Saunders’ team over size of ring

Canelo Alvarez was told to “grow some b******s” as his row with Billy Joe Saunders escalated.

The unification clash between the two super-middleweight world champions is in doubt after Saunders complained about the size of the ring.

His dad, Tom Saunders, insists his son will not fight unless it is in a ring no smaller than 22 foot, and is prepared to fly home.

John Ryder, meanwhile, is flying to Dallas and is willing to step in at the last minute to replace his countryman.

Alvarez was left to carry out promotional duties on his own on Tuesday night when Saunders failed to show for their planned face-off.

And as the Mexican was walking through the hotel, a member of Saunders’ team shouted: “What’s happening with the ring? We’ve come a long way, grow some b******s.”

Canelo Alvarez was involved in a row with Billy Joe Saunders' team
Canelo Alvarez was involved in a row with Billy Joe Saunders’ team

Canelo replied: “You are a f***ing p***y.”

Instead of the face-off, Saunders posted a picture on social media showing himself watching the film Scarface.

He also posted a video of Canelo saying: “I don’t care about the size of the ring, I’m just going to go in there and do my job. It’s not the only excuse he’s had, he’s had plenty of excuses. I’m just going to go in there and so what I have to do.”

Saunders took this to mean the row was resolved, saying: “I’m pleased the issue is sorted. The ring is not a problem so thumbs are up, I’m chilling back watching a few films so Eddie [Hearn] get the ring in.”

Saunders earlier insisted he was not willing to give in over the ring size.

“The problem is I’ve come over here and they’re trying to chuck me in a phone box of a boxing ring,” he told talkSPORT.

“It [the stadium] is hundreds and hundreds of feet long and they wanna stick an 16/18ft ring in the middle of it.

“For me, that’s just unacceptable. I want a 24ft ring and they’re saying it’s not gonna happen.

“I’ve left it to my team and I’m sure they’ll resolve it, otherwise there won’t be any fight.

“You can’t just fly me in here, show me the ring that we’re using. I’ve been training all of my camp in a 24ft ring, it’s a unification fight, not a British title.

“It’s like someone training on a 200m running track and someone training on a 400m running track, there’s a big difference.

“We all know his style of fighting, anybody who knows boxing knows how this fight – – how I’ve got in my head of it playing out.

“And he’s got his own style of fighting and his game plan, and I know his game plan.

“His game plan’s not waiting around, his game plan is coming to me and I want somewhere where I can move and get my boxing off.”

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