Canelo Alvarez responds to Billy Joe Saunders’ “excuses” amid ring row

Canelo Alvarez has slammed Billy Joe Saunders’ “excuses” ahead of their fight on Saturday.

The Mexican is targeting the 56th win of his professional career against the undefeated British boxer.

Saunders and his camp came out and expressed their concern over the size of the ring insisting their demands had not been met.

Eddie Hearn, who represents both fighters, was accused of “working against us at every opportunity” by the Saunders camp as they threatened to fly home before the changes were made.

But Canelo insists his opponent will have to come up with “other excuses” amid suggestions the Mexican will be dealt a boxing lesson.

Canelo has slammed his opponent's "excuses"
Canelo has slammed his opponent’s “excuses”

“He thinks he’ll give me a boxing lesson?,” said Alvarez. “We’ll see. I am not the same guy I was five or six years ago.

“I have experience, I am a more mature fighter. So he can say whatever he wants, on Saturday night, he is in a different level of fight. I hope that I don’t need the judges on the night.

“We have always been open about what are short and long term plans have been. I want to unify the 168lb division, and Caleb Plant would be next in line to secure that short term goal if successful against Billy Joe Saunders

“The goal is to be undisputed at 168lbs and then we’ll see. I think I could stay at Super-Middleweight until the end of my career.

Billy Joe Saunders and his camp have issues with the ring size
Billy Joe Saunders and his camp had issues with the ring size
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“I think I have about seven years left until I retire, but I’m listening to my body and when it tells me to quit, I’ll quit

“Nothing frustrates me, I am just focused on winning on Saturday. He has to fight me on Saturday, that has to happen, it’s not a problem.

“I don’t care about anything; I am just going to go in there and do my job.

“Saunders has come up with other excuses, he’s had plenty of excuses, but I am just going to go in there and do what I have to do.”

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