Billy Joe Saunders threatens to pull over of Canelo Alvarez fight over dispute

Billy Joe Saunders has threatened to pull out of his fight with Canelo Alvarez this weekend following a dispute over the size of the ring.

Saunders is due to face Canelo, who many regard as the current pound-for-pound king, in Texas on Saturday.

Saunders is putting his WBO super-middleweight title on the line, while Canelo holds the WBC and WBA titles.

But Saunders is unhappy with the offer of the fight taking place in an 18ft ring and is demanding a 24ft alternative.

‘There’s a little bit of a hiccup today that everyone’s trying to resolve,’ Saunders told talkSPORT.

‘I’ve left that to my management team MTK who’s over here sorting it, it’s quite a big hiccup to be honest.

‘The problem is I’ve come over here and they’re trying to chuck me in a phone box of a boxing ring.

‘It [the stadium] is hundreds and hundreds of feet long and they wanna stick an 16ft, 18ft ring in the middle of it.

‘For me, that’s just unacceptable. I want a 24ft ring and they’re saying it’s not gonna happen.

‘I’ve left it to my team and I’m sure they’ll resolve it, otherwise there won’t be any fight.

‘You can’t just fly me in here, show me the ring that we’re using. I’ve been training all of my camp in a 24ft ring, it’s a unification fight, not a British title.

‘It’s like someone training on a 200 metre running track and someone training on a 400m running track, there’s a big difference.

‘We all know his style of fighting, anybody who knows boxing knows how this fight, how I’ve got in my head of it playing out.

‘And he’s got his own style of fighting and his game plan, and I know his game plan.

‘His game plan’s not waiting around, his game plan is coming to me and I want somewhere where I can move and get my boxing off.’

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