Billy Joe Saunders would”take pleasure” in ruining Mexican fans’ holidays by beating their protagonist Saul’Canelo’ Alvarez.
Unbeaten WBO super-middleweight winner Saunders claims his dream combat would be on Cinco de Mayo, the May celebration weekend on which the Mexican boxes.
“That is because he’s the head of boxing and I’d like the opportunity to beat him,” Saunders told Sky Sports. “Here’s the really scary thing – I understand that I can do it.
“I’d enjoy destroying Cinco de Mayo for its Mexican fans.”
When Gennadiy Golovkin held the IBF, WBA and WBC gold of that the division, saunders held the WBO middleweight title. Canelo will go two divisions to battle WBO light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, and beat Golovkin after a draw in their first battle.
But he still retains WBA and WBC belts at middleweight, and Saunders believes they have been on a crash course.
He said:”I saw Canelo battle Ryan Rhodes and Matthew Hatton. I have known since day one, ever since I put our paths could cross. I knew, and dreamed, what would occur when people did.
“Exactly the same as David Lemieux – that I always knew our paths would crosstoo, and they did. Just the like becoming world winner – I always knew I’d do itand I did.”
Canelo defeat in a 55-fight career that has brought world titles in three divisions to him was contrary to Floyd Mayweather, six years ago.
“Having a fighter such as Canelo you can not go in the ring using a game-plan,” Saunders explained. “You need to think:’this is my one and only chance to change my name from becoming good to great’.
“[Former coach ] Jimmy Tibbs consistently said there is a difference. If I said someone was a fighter, Jimmy would say:’No, Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali were fighters – that guy is a great fighter’.
“Canelo is not terrific. He is good.
“I might seem terrible in 10 fights in a row however if you place Canelo in front of me, it’s another ball-game.
“A fighter for me? My style has beat him and that I think I could do it again.”
Saunders had said, when linking with promoter Eddie Hearn:”Styles make fights. [Canelo] had a variety of trouble against Erislandy Lara. I thought once Canelo had been in his prime Lara nicked that fight. Currently Canelo has knee shoulder and supports supports.”
Saunders will next defend his world title to KSI vs Logan Paul on November 9 on the undercard.
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