Billy Joe Saunders insists he won’t ‘run away’ from Canelo Alvarez, planning to use brain over brawn like Floyd Mayweather

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Billy Joe Saunders has told talkSPORT that he intends to use his brain, not brawn, to defeat Canelo Alvarez on May 8th, but insisted he will not run away from the pound-for-pound king.

Mexico’s superstar stopped Avni Yildirim in three rounds last weekend in Miami and, immediately after the win, his next assignment against BJS was confirmed.

Saunders has the WBO super-middleweight title

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Saunders has the WBO super-middleweight title

Saunders told White and Jordan on talkSPORT: “I’m the seventh Brit he’s faced, he’s dealt with six of them very comfortably.

“The Brits like dancing and moving and thinking they’ve gotta run away, but I will be there for him to hit.

“I will be in range for him to hit.

“I’ll be setting traps, the same as he’ll be setting traps.

“I don’t think running a million miles an hour is gonna do me any justice…

Canelo has the WBA and WBC super-middleweight titles

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Canelo has the WBA and WBC super-middleweight titles

“He’s not got the best engine in the world, Canelo.

“He’s very good at what he does, extremely good at what he does, but there’s faults there.

“We’ve seen people try to run away and box him, we’ve seen people try to use the brawn, but we’ve only seen one man use his brain and that was Floyd Mayweather.

“Brain over brawn here. Brain wins this, technical thinking wins this.”

Mayweather outboxed Canelo when the Mexican was just 23

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Mayweather outboxed Canelo when the Mexican was just 23

Canelo has a record of 55-1-2 – 55 wins, one defeat to Floyd Mayweather and two draws including one which many felt should’ve been a defeat to Gennady Golovkin.

Saunders concluded: “This is the way I look at it – you have to win every moment, every second in that ring when that bell goes.

“I’m prepared to put everything down, all of the chips down.

“As long as I get a fair decision then I believe in my heart of hearts that the job is definitely not an impossible job.

“People go on about how good he is, how great he is.

“But let’s not forget he’s been beat [by Floyd Mayweather] and he got beat in the first fight with Golovkin as well I thought.

“Let’s just hope that it’s all a fair playing field in and out the ring, and we can get to work.”





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