Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders is a nightmare for me, says Eddie Hearn

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Eddie Hearn says he has found it hard to deal with the Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders fight as he represents both boxers.

Latest reports suggest that Saunders and the Mexican champion are in dispute over the size of the ring, and the British fighter has been critical of the Matchroom head in the build-up to the event

Hearn told the DAZN Boxing Show that he believes that Saunders might be building the pressure up in order to ensure that he is not discriminated against on fight night.

“I think that part of it might be tactics to make sure he gets a fair crack of the whip,” Hearn explained.

“He feels people have favoured Canelo Alavarez before on the judges side of things. We’ve got three neutral officials.

“Tyson Fury, jumps on the bandwagon, “favours” Canelo Alvarez."

Hearn also suggested that Saunders’ attitude in the run-up to the fight - shown globally on DAZN on May 8 (except in Mexico) was not doing him any favours.

“Billy Joe Saunders refuses to do any media, so Canelo has been doing all the media, so Canelo gets all the attention.

“Canelo Alvarez is the pound-for-pound number one so everyone is talking about him.”

Hearn then admitted that he found himself in an invidious position and thought it was now up to the boxers to settle any differences on the night.

“I hate doing fights when you represent both the fighters - normally you fall out with someone,” he began.

“The truth is Canelo Alvarez asked me to get the Billy Joe Saunders fight. I delivered it for him. Billy Joe Saunders asked me to get the Canelo Alvarez fight. I delivered it for him.

“Guys it’s over to you. I can’t fight for you.

“I promise you on Saturday night you will see the best ever Billy Joe Saunders. Will that be enough to beat Canelo Alvarez? That’s another story.

“But I said to Billy, if you win, I’ll be delighted for you.”




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