“I’m 100% certain that Billy Joe is going to shock the world.”
Heavyweight king Tyson Fury believes that his friend and WBO super-middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders, will defy the odds this Saturday night and beat pound-for-pound conqueror, Canelo Alvarez.
Canelo is rated by many as the best fighter on the planet and in recent years has not only defeated British fighters, but destroyed them in his conquests to collect as many belts as possible, in as many weight divisions.
Amir Khan, Matthew Hatton, Rocky Fielding, Liam Smith and Callum Smith have all fell victim to the Mexican’s monstrous power, and many believe that Saunders will suffer a similar fate.(Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)
However, Fury told IFLTV: “I think the fight is going to be easier than people think it’s going to be.
“They all seem to be up Canelo’s r***piece, but I’m 100% certain that Billy Joe is going to rise to the occasion and shock the world. He’s the same size as him, he’s (Canelo) already been beat, Billy Joe is two-weight world champion – it’s just a fight, you know?”
Fury struggled to understand why boxing fans view Canelo to be unbeatable, and claims that Saunders is relaxed and ready to do the business.
“Don’t make this man out to be some killer, he’s just a boxer with a pair of gloves on,” added the Gypsy King.
“I called Billy Joe a couple of days ago and he was up at 4am, having a Bud Light. He’s taking this fight with ease. It’s just a boxing match, it’s not life and death. You can’t take it too serious, it’s not like we’re on death row.”(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
It may not be life or death, but Canelo’s power is absolutely frightening.
The fact that he’s made the jump from welterweight all the way up to light-heavyweight when he took on Sergey Kovalev and still finished the fight off inside the distance, is testament to the heavy hands of the red-haired fighter.
“A lot of people are writing Billy off, but he’s fought big punchers before and he’s always handled them. I’m not nervous about this fight at all,” continued Fury.
Are you as confident that Saunders can pull off an upset as he is?