Billy Joe Saunders has missed out on his chance to fight Canelo Alvarez, warns promoter Bernard Hopkins after British champion turned down September bout
- Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez had hoped to fight Billy Joe Saunders in September
- But Saunders turned it down as he felt he didn’t have enough time to prepare
- Canelo’s next fight will happen at the super middleweight limit of 168lbs
Billy Joe Saunders may have blown his chance to ever fight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez after rejecting the opportunity to do so in September.
That’s the view of legendary middleweight and light-heavyweight boxer Bernard Hopkins, who is now a partner at Golden Boy Promotions, who guide Alvarez’s career.
Alvarez is looking to fight on September 14 in Las Vegas at a behind-closed-doors venue with Saunders one of his targets.
Billy Joe Saunders may never get to fight Saul Alvarez after rejecting to do so in September
Alvarez had been hoping to fight Saunders in a super middleweight showdown in Las Vegas
However, Saunders rejected the opportunity as he felt he didn’t have enough time to prepare
However, the WBO super middleweight champion withdrew himself from that possible showdown as he was reportedly unhappy at the money offered as well as believing he did not have enough time to prepare properly for the bout.
Saunders had his boxing licence suspended in March pending a hearing after footage emerged of him telling men how to hit their female partners during the coronavirus lockdown.
But Saunders’ decision has surprised Hopkins, who has warned the Brit that he may never get the chance to go toe-to-toe in the ring with four-weight world champion Alvarez in future.
‘You should always be prepared,’ Hopkins told Sky Sports. ‘[I was surprised Saunders needed more time to prepare], because Billy Joe Saunders is not a rookie in the game. Billy Joe Saunders has been in some highlighted moments. He understands, he had a taste of the high level.
‘He missed out and there’s no guarantee, especially in the world of boxing, that Billy [Joe] Saunders will get a call from anybody, pertaining a world champion, the biggest spotlight you can get – pandemic or not – opportunity.’
Alvarez’s next fight will happen at the super middleweight limit of 168lbs.
Bernard Hopkins believes Saunders may never get another opportunity to take on Alvarez