Ben davison, assistant coach of Billy Joe Saunders, said the former world champion wanted out for the ninth round of his fight with Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez and do it right-handed, despite the fact that the orbital bone of the eye was fractured.
“There is a misperception of what happened on the corner (of Saunders)”, He said Davison in interview for iFL TV. “Billy joe He went back to the corner and sat down, I came over and whispered in his ear and said ‘you have shown that you belong to this level and you will get another chance because the fight was close. He was growing up in the fight and I told him we had to stop it, and that’s where he just shook his head to say ‘don’t do it, I’ll carry on’. I think he even said something about how he could become right-handed. “
The coach is convinced that they did the right thing by not letting Saunders for the ninth round, as his eye was hurt.
“We stopped the shovel because it had to be done,” he explains. Davison. “Billy joe he would have come out again for the next round, of course he would, but it was clear that we had to end this. “
Davison revealed that the Englishman was determined to go out into battle, but this decision was overruled by the head coach Mark Tibbs.
Cab remember, that Canelo Alvarez stopped Saunders in eight rounds to unify the world titles of the OMB, CMB Y AMB, after fracturing the orbital bone of the right eye.
When Saunders He returned to the corner, informed his team that his vision had disappeared in his right eye and the fight stopped before going out to the ninth round.
Saunders and his injury
Saunders he underwent surgery the next day and the entire rehab process will take several months.
Thank you all for your messages. Broken eye socket and broken cheek bone in 3 surgical sites yesterday, everything went well, ”he wrote on his social networks.
“You win something and you lose something. I didn’t feel out of my league, but we got caught with a good shot. Thanks to everyone who watched. I will be back. God bless you all, ”said the Briton.