Billy Joe Saunders’ comments slamming Daniel Dubois for quitting against Joe Joyce to save his eyesight come back to HAUNT him… after Brit retires himself with suspected fractured eye socket against Saul Canelo Alvarez
- Billy Joe Saunders opted not to continue after being caught by Canelo Alvarez
- Saunders was caught with a brutal right and may have fractured his orbital bone
- Last year Saunders was outspoken after Daniel Dubois quit in a similar situation
- Saunders said he would never bow out of a fight even if his ‘brain was beaten’
The words of Billy Joe Saunders have come back to haunt him today, after his brutal knockout defeat at the hands of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
A year ago Saunders was very vocal after Daniel Dubois bowed out against Joe Joyce due to a serious threat to his eyesight, saying he would continue on even if he had ‘two broken eye sockets’ and insisted his preference to ‘go out on my back with my pulse stopped.’
Now, however, the shoe is on the other foot after Saunders was ruthlessly defeated by mighty Mexican Canelo and opted not to continue after the eighth round.
Canelo proved too much for the British star in their Texas showdown, with Saunders retiring on his stool before the ninth after taking a venomous right hand to the head.
Saunders was rocked and bowed out of the WBO, WBA, WBC unification showdown with Canelo after his team deemed him unable to continue, and now fans are taking the time to remind the Hertfordshire-born boxer of a statement he said after Dubois quit in the ring again Joyce last year.
Billy Joe Saunders quit in the eighth round against Canelo Alvarez with damage to his eye
Last year Saunders was critical after Daniel Dubois bowed out against Joe Joyce
Saunders had been outspoken on Dubois’ decision not to continue in the ring in order to save his eyesight, insisting that had it been him then the fight would have continued, come what may.
Dubois suffered a fractured orbital bone – the same injury which Saunders is expected to have sustained from Canelo’s uppercut – and went down on one knee after momentarily losing his vision.
Dubois opted to put his health first and bow out of the fight, which sparked an impassioned reaction from Saunders.
At the time, Saunders told DAZN’s AK & Barak show: ‘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. I don’t agree with a man taking the knee and letting the ref count him out.
‘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.’
Now, after failing to go on against Canelo, Saunders is being sharply reminded of these comments by fans and criticised as a result.
One fan called Saunders out on social media, writing: ‘Saunders knew he was getting taken apart in the next round.
‘Dubois and Brook fought on like warriors. Getting hurt in boxing is the nature of the sport. BJS quit on his stool, no gypsy “warrior” like his mate Tyson. Biggest fight of his life too. Let down.’
Another added: ‘Let’s hope he’ thinks twice before having a go at others from now on #CaneloSaunders.’
Dubois himself however refused to get embroiled in a war of words and even took to social media offer his thoughts to Saunders after the defeat.
He wrote: ‘You fought well @bjsaunders_ hope your eye heels up quickly and you can come back stronger champ.’