Tyson Fury backs Billy Joe Saunders to defeat Canelo Alvarez

‘He will rise up to the top and claim greatness’: Tyson Fury backs Billy Joe Saunders to defeat Canelo Alvarez in unification fight, insisting the Mexican has ‘never fought a Fighting Gypsy who are a different breed of animal’

  • Billy Joe Saunders is gearing up for his showdown with Canelo Alvarez on May 8
  • Saunders’ WBO title and Canelo’s WBC and WBA championships are on the line
  • Undefeated Brit was meant to fight Canelo last year prior to the Covid outbreak
  • Tyson Fury is backing his close friend Saunders to shine against the Mexican 

Tyson Fury is confident that Billy Joe Saunders will do the job on Canelo Alvarez when they finally face each other in the eagerly-anticipated unification showdown on May 8.

The undefeated Brit, who was initially scheduled to fight Canelo last year prior to the Covid outbreak, will finally get his shot on May 8, when he puts his WBO super-middleweight strap on the line against his opponent’s WBC and WBA titles in a mouthwatering clash. 

The May fight was set up after Canelo defended his title when mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim failed to answer the bell for the fourth round in February, and Saunders faces an almighty task to overcome the pound-for-pound king who last lost in 2013 against Floyd Mayweather.

Tyson Fury has backed Billy Joe Saunders to overcome the odds and beat Canelo Alvarez

But Fury has given his full backing to his lifelong friend to shock the Mexican at the AT&T Stadium in Texas.

Alongside a picture of the duo training together, Fury wrote on Instagram: ‘Billy Joe Saunders is 100% mentally in the right place, he knows what he has to do and he will do it, he will rise up to the top and claim greatness.’

Fury then made reference to the duo’s Traveller background, claiming Canelo will be in for a surprise against Saunders as they are a ‘different breed of animal’.

Heavyweight king Fury added: ‘I was wrote off many times in the past and have always come through.

‘We are cut from the same cloth, same breed of animals, Canelo has fought them all but never a Fighting Gypsy, we are a different breed of animal to anything he has come across before. Domination with the help of God.’

Saunders is bidding to become the first man to beat Canelo since Floyd Mayweather in 2013 

Saunders knows a tough task lies ahead, having fought just once in the last 12 months, in December last year, defeating Martin Murray via a unanimous decision.

Canelo, meanwhile, has stepped up his activity since becoming a free agent, stopping Yildirim in February, just three months after his highly impressive points win over Callum Smith. 

The fight will be held in front of a capacity 60,000 crowd at AT&T Stadium in Texas, the home of NFL side Dallas Cowboys, in what will be the largest boxing event worldwide since the outbreak of the pandemic.  

Canelo has just the one defeat to Mayweather in an otherwise near-spotless record and has defeated six Brits on his way to stardom.

Saunders has been utilising some psychological warfare ahead of the fight on May 8

But Saunders believes he will be the man to finally dethrone the great Mexican, and he has utilised some of the psychological warfare we’ve become accustomed to in previous build-ups. 

It was only in March that Saunders revealed he had taken 10 days off from his training camp after contracting flu, insisting he was out of shape and running out of time. 

‘I’m pushing for time now,’ he told the Ak & Barak Show. ‘Ten days off training. I’ve got the flu, not in shape. I’m still heavy. I’m still, you know, not started camp properly yet.’

He added: ‘No, I don’t have enough time. But, you know, I’m just gonna go over there, pick a check up and go home. And that’s about it.’

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