Billy Joe Saunders Wants Smith or Andrade After Failed ‘Canelo’ Fight


WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders is hoping to land a fight with either Callum Smith or Demetrius Andrade after pulling out of negotiations to face Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on September 12.

Saunders was supposed to fight the Mexican superstar on May 2 before the coronavirus pandemic hit. ‘BJS’ was the first choice to fight ‘Canelo’ in September but turned down a heavily reduced fee from Golden Boy Promotions who are looking for an opponent on the cheap due to the lack of revenue available to them due to the lack of a live audience.

In an interview with IFL TV Saunders revealed he is now looking at other options and is hoping to face off against either Smith or Andrade by the end of 2020, he said.

“I just think that the only fight that should happen this year is either against Callum Smith or (Demetrius) Andrade. With Andrade, we all know we’ve got a history in the past. With Callum, obviously it’s a unification fight.

“I think those two fights make real sense. I can see one of them definitely happening. Maybe at the end of October or November, or even December.  I’m looking for the big fights against the world’s elite fighters, on a fair and even playing field.

“I’ve contacted MTK a couple of days ago. They’re working on something now and even touched base with Eddie. I think it’ll be finalised in the coming weeks. All I’ve got to do is put my trust in them, make a big fight and see where we go.

“I’m already a two-time world champion. The only thing I care about is winning, so I have to keep on winning and winning. If the public demands for it (fight against Canelo), maybe it will happen, maybe it won’t. Everything happens for a reason.”

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