Did Billy Joe Saunders “stop?” Properly, he didn’t come out for round nine, so you can say Saunders stop after eight rounds in opposition to Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night.
However isn’t “stop” maybe too harsh a time period, being that Canelo Alvarez can crack a bit, and the correct uppercut he landed clear in spherical eight did trigger swelling on the correct eye of the 31-year-old Traveler?
There was no scarcity of oldsters within the Twittersphere who used the time period, and referred to as Saunders (30-1, 14 KO) a “quitter.” And lots of of these folks defined why they used that loaded time period.
Many mentioned that they felt Saunders deserved no measure of sympathy, or good thing about the doubt, even after everybody heard it was doable that his proper orbital bone was fractured. That’s as a result of he has a long track record of claiming insensitive issues, insulting and belittling folks. Additionally, with the assured messaging he put forth throughout struggle week, critics mentioned they anticipated extra.
And in addition, there’s this: What number of of you bear in mind what Saunders mentioned in response to how heavyweight Daniel Dubois acted throughout his Nov. 2020 contest in opposition to Joe Joyce?
Dubois got here within the favourite, however Joyce compromised his opponent’s left eye. By spherical two, it began swelling, and 30 seconds into the tenth, he took a knee. A punch hadn’t simply landed, however Dubois went to a knee. The ref began counting, and Dubois allowed the rely to achieve 10. Response from followers and fighters alike was swift, and much of it was harsh.
Saunders went on the Ak and Barak SiriusXM present and busted on Dubois.
“Fighters get in that ring and we all know what’s on the road,” Saunders mentioned. “Earlier than I’m going on one knee I’d prefer to exit on my again with my pulse stopped.”
I’m wondering if Saunders will revisit his critique after what he handled in Texas.
“Everybody has their very own thought course of within the ring and what went on within the ring I don’t know. He clearly felt he couldn’t proceed,” Saunders instructed the radio duo final yr. “You take a look at the greats — the eyes, the face, we get by way of that. That’s the trail in life we select for a residing. We punch folks within the face and get punched within the face.
“If my two eye sockets had been damaged, my jaw was damaged, my tooth had been out, my nostril was smashed, my mind was crushed, I used to be not stopping till I used to be knocked out or worse. I don’t agree with a person taking the knee and letting the ref rely him out.”
It was reported that Dubois had suffered a damaged orbital bone and nerve injury in opposition to Joyce, for the document. We will likely be curious to listen to what the docs say about Saunders’ eye.