The drama about the size of the ring is over and it seems that one of the biggest boxing fights of the year will take place as planned. The match between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders briefly became questionable these days after the British striker's team objected to the size of the ring that greeted them at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington (Texas).
It was reportedly a 550-centimeter ring that needed to be replaced by something but insufficiently larger (610). Billy’s father Tom Saunders revealed that they wanted the one of 730, but agree to 670 inches as well. "In short, they want to eliminate Billy's legs.
We're against it and I'm not the first to let my son box in the small ring against a man they call the pound-for-pound king of boxing. " "They told us - a 610 ring or to book a return flight. I apologize to the fans this way, but I don't allow my son to box in such a ring against Canelo on the Cinco de Mayo weekend."
"We met a lot of them, but we can't do this. The fight, in that case, won't be fair and it is canceled, ”Tom shocked everyone in an interview with the iFL.
Reportedly, according to some reports, John Ryder was already on his way to Arlington and was ready to replace Saunders, but then Billy called and revealed that the disagreements had been resolved.
"I would just like to say that I am pleased that the problem has been solved. The ring is not a problem," the British fighter said in a short video on Instagram Story. Saunders did not go into details and at these moments it is unclear what exactly he managed to agree on and whether there was any change at all or he simply agreed to the terms set.
However, according to some information, he should receive a minimum of seven million dollars ... Canelo and Billy will, as things stand, enter the ring in the early hours of Sunday, and will fight for as many as three world titles in the super middleweight category.
In the game, recall will be Saunders ’WBO and Alvarez’s WBA and WBC belts. Now that everything is resolved we can be happy because we know what awaits us. Sure it would be bad if Saunders dropped out because of some small details, but now we are waiiting for a real spectacle.