Billy Joe Saunders vs Canelo Alvarez “is off” after row over ring size

Billy Joe Saunders’ clash with Canelo Alvarez will not go ahead, according to the Brit’s dad.

Saunders has been unhappy with the size of the ring for Saturday night’s super-middleweight unification clash in Dallas.

He has demanded a 24-foot ring but his team claims Alvarez is not willing to go above 20 foot.

And Saunders’ dad told iFL TV: “I can’t say them coming face to face because the issue with the ring has still not been sorted.

“There is nothing in the contract about the ring size, it’s all about negotiations and negotiations have broken down big time.

“Canelo has put an 18-foot ring, which I think is an amateur ring, as the fight ring. His plan was to put an 18-foot ring there, knowing we were going to start [complaining] and he said right, 20 foot ring, that was his game plan.

Billy Joe Saunders' dad claims the fight is off
Billy Joe Saunders’ dad claims the fight is off

“We wanted a 24-foot ring but we’ve come down to a 22-foot inside ring. Basically they are trying to take Billy Joe’s legs away.

“We’re up against everything here and at the end of the day I’m not going to let my son box in a 20-foot ring against the supposed pound-for-pound king of boxing.

“W’ve spoken to them this morning and they’ve said it’s either a 20-foot ring or book your flights home.

“Unfortunately people, and we apologise to all the fans, I can’t let my son box in a 20-foot ring against Canelo on Cinco de Mayo weekend.

“We’ve given in to a lot of stuff but this we can’t given in to. The fight will not be fair… the fight’s off.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if they have a late substitute they’re

Saunders has also complained about the judges for Saturday night’s fight after claiming he believed there would be a British official.

The three ringside judges will instead be neutral, and Alvarez has dismissed his rival’s complaint.

“We are in the USA, I’m not from here,” he said. “These aren’t Mexican judges. It’s just excuses. Excuses and excuses and excuses. I hope I don’t need the judges.”

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