Billy Joe Saunders’ team threaten to pull out of Canelo Alvarez fight over ring size demands

Bill Joe Saunders' father has claimed they will walk away from their fight with Canelo Alvarez

Billy Joe Saunders’ father has furiously claimed they will walk away from their fight with Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night if their demands over the size of the ring are not met.

Saunders is due to take on the Mexican star at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas this weekend in a huge super-middleweight unification clash in front of around 70,000 fans.

But Saunders, the unbeaten WBO world champion, and his entourage have threatened to fly back to the UK because of the current size of the ring inside the 80,000-seater stadium.

Bill Joe Saunders’ father has claimed they will walk away from their fight with Canelo Alvarez

Saunders, the WBO champion, said he had told his entourage to 'sort out all of that rubbish'

Saunders, the WBO champion, said he had told his entourage to ‘sort out all of that rubbish’

Saunders' team are furious with the size of the ring that Matchroom Sport want to use in Dallas

Saunders’ team are furious with the size of the ring that Matchroom Sport want to use in Dallas

Section 61.106 of the Texas Administrative Code says: ‘Rings shall be square with sides not less than 16 feet or more than 24 feet inside the ropes’. 

Saunders’ father, Tom, insists the fight was supposed to be held in a 24-foot ring but claims Matchroom Sport, the promoters of the event, want the fight to take place in an 18-foot ring. 

He also went on to suggest the two parties have agreed to compromise at 22-foot but the Briton’s camp are far from happy with the treatment they have received in the build-up to the fight. 

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury also got involved and told Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport to ‘play f***ing fair’. 

Billy Joe, speaking in an interview with Behind The Gloves, said he had told his team to ‘sort out all of that rubbish’.

He said: ‘There’s one or two small things now.

‘One of those small things and when I say small is the ring. I’ve left it to my team. I let them sort out all of that rubbish. 

‘You don’t go in a 70,000 seat stadium with hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of feet long and dance in a 16-foot ring or an 18-foot ring or even a 20-foot ring. This magnitude of fight has to be on a fair playing field.’ 

Canelo will put his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine titles on the line against Saunders in Dallas

Canelo will put his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine titles on the line against Saunders in Dallas

The pair are due to meet at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas this weekend in front of 70,000 fans

The pair are due to meet at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas this weekend in front of 70,000 fans

But his father claims they have threatened to walk away from the fight if their demands are not met. He also hit out at Hearn and says Matchroom are ‘working against us at every opportunity’.  

He told iFL TV: ‘There are a few issues we’re not happy about that we got to get sorted out.

Tyson Fury got involved and told Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport to 'play f***ing fair'

Tyson Fury got involved and told Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport to ‘play f***ing fair’

‘That’s the size of the ring. Matchroom wants us to box in an 18-foot ring, and then they come back with a 20-foot ring. It was supposed to be a 24-foot ring.

‘Then we’ve compromised with no smaller than a 22-foot ring. MTK is on it, and they’re all over it now. Hopefully, that’ll sort it out, and I’m sure it will be.

‘For Matchroom to want Billy Joe to box in an 18-foot in the ring, that’s an amateur ring. It seems to me in an 18 to 20-foot ring, they’re trying to take Billy Joe’s advantage away from him, and we haven’t got many advantages here.

‘We’re up against everything. Eddie Hearn has delivered this fight, but at what cost? 

‘He’s not working with us. He’s working against us in every opportunity. Matchroom need to pull their finger out, otherwise we will be coming home.

‘I want the fight to happen, Billy Joe wants the fight to happen, but we will not budge on this.’

Fury, who like Billy Joe is managed by MTK Global, later got involved and in a video on Instagram urged Hearn to ‘play f***ing fair’.

Saunders' team want a 24-foot ring but it's claimed Matchroom wanted to use an 18-foot ring

Saunders’ team want a 24-foot ring but it’s claimed Matchroom wanted to use an 18-foot ring

The Gypsy King said: ‘I’ve just got off the phone with Billy Joe and it seems like they’re trying a lot of tricks with him in Texas.

‘Just want to say you can try all the tricks in the mother-f***ing world, you ain’t going to beat Billy Joe. Play fair guys. Play f***ing fair now.’ 

Despite their complaints about the size of the ring, Tom Saunders insists his son is going to give the Mexican the ‘biggest surprise of his life’.

‘Canelo is going to get the biggest surprise of his life. Canelo has forgotten where he came from,’ he added.

‘He’s flying around in his private jets. He’s relied on two occasions where he should have been beat. The judges have gone his way. We’re not “yes men”, and Canelo is going to have the shock of his life. 

‘If this fight comes off, Canelo is a beaten man. Skill is going to beat this man. It’s the bull and the matador, and the matador outthinks the bull until he’s ready to slay the bull.

‘It’s an amateur-sized ring, come on. We are not going to accept an 18 to 20-foot ring. Who does Eddie Hearn and Matchroom think they are?’ 

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