Mark Tibbs, coach of Billy Joe Saunders, revealed what went through his mind when he had to stop the combat against Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez.
“The eye socket was sunken and I couldn’t see,” he commented to Behind The Gloves. “I didn’t get the answer I wanted from him.”
It was in the eighth round when a right uppercut from the Mexican went under the eye of the Briton.
Immediately the area was inflamed, he managed to survive the episode and when he returned to the corner he could no longer see, so his corner decided to stop the fight.
“I did not get the answer I needed in the corner and I knew I was sunk,” he said. Tibbs. “I am not surprised to receive the response I got.”
When the Jalisco boxer felt the impact in his right hand, he commented to Eddy reynoso that I no longer believed that Saunders come out for the next round.
While Mark talked about what happened at that moment in the corner, when he asked on different occasions to Billy joe If I could go on
“I had to stop her,” he confessed. “He never said, ‘no, this is over.’ He left it to me, he took it well. He had a lot of pain”.
Billy Joe Saunders He had to be taken to the hospital in Dallas for a check-up and after spending the night there, he was found to have an orbital fracture in his right cheekbone.
“Right at the hospital in Dallas, (where) Billy joe Saunders spent the night, “he wrote Eddie hearn, President of Matchroom. “He suffered multiple fractures in the orbital area and will undergo surgery this afternoon.”
This was the first defeat in the career of Billy Joe Saunders and lost the WBO super middleweight belt.