Billy Joe Saunders’ father has furiously claimed that if their demands about the size of the ring are not met, they will refrain from their fight with Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night.
Saunders will take on the Mexican star this weekend at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
But Saunders, the undefeated WBO world champion, and his entourage have threatened to return to the UK due to the current size of the ring in the 80,000-seat stadium.
Bill Joe Saunders’ father has claimed that they will end their fight with Canelo Alvarez
Saunders, the WBO champion, said he told his entourage to “sort out all the trash”.
The Saunders team are furious about the size of the ring Matchroom Sport in Dallas is planning to use
Section 61.106 of the Texas Administrative Code states: “The rings must be square and have sides of at least 16 feet or more than 24 feet within the ropes.”
Saunders’ father Tom insists that the fight should take place in a 24-foot ring, but claims that Matchroom Sport, the organizers of the event, would like the fight to take place in an 18-foot ring.
He went on to suggest the two parties had reached a compromise at 22 feet, but the British camp was far from satisfied with the treatment they had received in advance of the fight.
Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury also got involved, calling on Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport to “play fair”.
Billy Joe said in an interview with Behind The Gloves that he told his team to “sort out all the trash”.
He said, “Now there is a little thing or two.
“One of those little things, and when I say small, is the ring. I left it to my team. I let them sort out all the rubbish.
“You don’t go into a 70,000 seat stadium that is hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of feet long and dance in a 16-foot ring or an 18-foot ring or even a 20-foot ring. This size of the fight must take place on a fair playing field. ‘
Canelo will bring his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine titles to the line against Saunders in Dallas
The couple will meet in front of 70,000 fans at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas this weekend
But his father claims they threatened to withdraw from the fight if their demands were not met. He also hit Hearn, saying Matchroom was “working against us at every opportunity”.
He told iFL TV, “There are some issues that we are not happy to address.
Tyson Fury stepped in, telling Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport to “play fair”.
‘That’s the size of the ring. Matchroom wants us to box in an 18 foot ring, and then they come back with a 20 foot ring. It should be a 24 foot ring.
“Then we compromised with no less than a 22-foot ring. MTK is in and they’re all over it now. Hopefully that will be cleared up and I am sure it will be.
“For Matchroom to want Billy Joe boxing in an 18-foot ring, that’s an amateur ring. It seems to me in an 18 to 20 foot ring that they are trying to take advantage of Billy Joe’s, and we don’t have many advantages here.
“We are dealing with everything. Eddie Hearn delivered this fight, but at what price?
“He doesn’t work with us. He works against us at every opportunity. The game room has to pull the finger out, otherwise we’ll come home.
“I want the fight to take place, Billy Joe wants the fight to take place, but we won’t move.”
Fury, who is managed by MTK Global like Billy Joe, later got involved and urged Hearn to “play fair” in a video on Instagram.
Saunders’ team wants a 24-foot ring, but they claim Matchroom wanted to use an 18-foot ring
The Gypsy King said, “I’ve just been on the phone with Billy Joe and it seems like they are trying a lot of tricks with him in Texas.
“I just want to say that you can try all the tricks of the motherworld, you won’t beat Billy Joe. Play fair boys. Play damn fair now. ‘
Despite their complaints about the size of the ring, Tom Saunders insists that his son will bring the Mexican “the biggest surprise of his life”.
‘Canelo is going to get the biggest surprise of his life. Canelo forgot where he came from, ”he added.
“He’s flying around in his private jets. He relied twice on the fact that he should have been hit. The judges went his way. We are not “yes men” and Canelo will have the shock of his life.
“If this fight happens, Canelo will be a defeated man. Skill will beat this man. It’s the bull and the matador, and the matador ponders the bull until he is ready to kill the bull.
“It’s an amateur size ring, come on. We will not accept a ring 18 to 20 feet long. Who do Eddie Hearn and Matchroom think they are? ‘
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