is threatened with early retirement after a damaged eye was beaten by Saul Canelo Alvarez after losing to the Super Middle Class unification. Saunders was immediately rushed to the hospital and underwent orbital surgery for his right eye.
Canelo’s right uppercut ruthlessly smashed into Saunders’ right cheekbone leaving his eyes barely able to see in round 8. Saunders was still able to return to his corner but told coach Mark Tibbs he couldn’t see out of his damaged eye.
Saunders Hospital then gave up which made his 30-0 unbeaten record tarnished. Canelo also grabbed his WBO champion belt, who defended his WBA and WBC titles.
Promoter Eddie Hearn admits seeing Saunders’ career under threat if he sees his injury which requires a long recovery time.”But he may feel he has to get to the stage where he’s there, he has done it, he has seen it all,” said Hearn.
his suspected fractured eye socket after getting caught by a brutal uppercut
The boxing world didn’t take long to react after Mexican maestro Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez made light work of Billy Joe Saunders to become the unified middleweight champion of the world.
it seems his eye socket is broken.’
Other views were slightly more considered.he encountered adversity.’
While another added, in more ruthless fashion: ‘Canelo landed a peach of a uppercut.
The theme quickly became consistent, with user @HintsMarcs musing: ‘Well well talk the talk Billy Joe Saunders but quit on his stool, not a true champion.’
He will shock the world by winning and by the way he does it.
Bang, bang, bang.’
do the business and take a shock win.
One fan questioned: ‘@Tyson_Fury Yo what was Saunders gonna teach Canelo in boxing? How to quit early? A boxing lesson? Where?’
become the unified ruler of all.
to resume his career.
Hearn later confirmed that Saunders was held at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas ahead of surgery on the injury.
Canelo beat Saunders to add the WBO belt to his WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring super middleweight titles.
What injury did Saunders suffer?
He was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas after the fight and is due to undergo surgery later today.
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What was the reaction?
Alvarez told his trainer Eddy Reynoso after the round that there was no way Saunders would come out for round 9 because he “broke his cheek”.
What next for Canelo?
“Caleb Plant to go for the belt,” Canelo said. “I’m coming my friend.”
The question now: on what platform will the fight take place.
Canelo is a network and promotional free agent, but he has a great relationship with Hearn, landing his last three fights under the Matchroom banner on DAZN.
Billy Joe Saunders promised that, win or lose, he’d have no excuses after his planned fight on Saturday with boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez.
“For me, that’s just unacceptable.
In March, Dennis Hogan threatened to withdraw from his bout with Tim Tszyu over a dispute regarding which sponsors Hogan could have displayed on his trunks.
Saunders is currently a +550 underdog according to William Hill Sportsbook.