Billy Joe Saunders is under fire after fans brought up his comments about Daniel Dubois.
Dubois took a knee against a Joe Joyce after breaking his orbital and the fight was off. After the fight, Saunders went on a radio show and blasted the heavyweight for quitting and saying he would never. However, on Saturday, he appeared to break his orbital/eye socket and the fight against Canelo Alvarez was stopped after the eighth-round.
“Fighters get in that ring and we know what’s on the line. Every fighter needs to understand and the fans need to understand that. In the past, we’ve seen a lot of tragedies in boxing, deaths in the ring. Before I go on one knee I’d like to go out on my back with my pulse stopped,” Saunders told DAZN’s AK & Barak show (via boxingscene).
“Everyone has their own thought process in the ring and what went on in the ring I don’t know. He obviously felt he could not continue,” Saunders continued. “You look at the greats, the eyes, the face, we get through that. That’s the path in life we choose for a living. We punch people in the face and get punched in the face.
“If my two eye sockets were broken, my jaw was broken, my teeth were out, my nose was smashed, my brain was beaten, I was not stopping until I was knocked out or worse,” Saunders concluded. “I don’t agree with a man taking the knee and letting the ref count him out.”
Although those comments are about a year old, Saunders has been getting blasted on social media as many people believe he quit on the stool. Yet, his corner made it clear they were not sending out Saunders to fight Alvarez with one eye.
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