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An old rival attacks Canelo Alvarez: I was expecting so much more

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Reflecting on pivotal moments in his career, Billy Joe Saunders has a unique perspective on two significant fights that marked contrasting highs and lows.

The first standout moment occurred in 2017 when the former two-weight champion defended his WBO middleweight world title against David ‘The Demolisher’ Lemieux in Canada.

Saunders displayed remarkable skill, outboxing the renowned power puncher throughout the 12 rounds, leaving Lemieux unable to land a clean punch. The Brit secured victory by a comfortable points margin, returning to the UK triumphant.

Fast forward to 2021, and Saunders faced the pinnacle of his career, albeit with a different outcome. Moving up to unify his WBO super-middleweight world title against Canelo Alvarez, who held the WBA and WBC crowns, Saunders encountered his first and only career defeat.

Despite a competitive performance, the bout took a dark turn in the eighth round when Canelo delivered a thundering uppercut, breaking Saunders‘ orbital bone and prompting his corner to end the fight.

Why doesn’t Saunders rate Canelo’s power highly?

Surprisingly, Saunders, in a recent interview, expressed admiration for Lemieux’s power compared to Canelo’s.

“I’ll be honest, when I was in there with him [Canelo], I was expecting so much more.” Saunders told the KeepALukeOut Podcast.

“I remember being in there, it might have been round five and we were inside and I remember grabbing him and walking him back.

Reflecting on pivotal moments in his career, Billy Joe Saunders has a unique perspective on two significant fights that marked contrasting highs and lows.

The first standout moment occurred in 2017 when the former two-weight champion defended his WBO middleweight world title against David ‘The Demolisher’ Lemieux in Canada.

Saunders displayed remarkable skill, outboxing the renowned power puncher throughout the 12 rounds, leaving Lemieux unable to land a clean punch. The Brit secured victory by a comfortable points margin, returning to the UK triumphant

Fast forward to 2021, and Saunders faced the pinnacle of his career, albeit with a different outcome. Moving up to unify his WBO super-middleweight world title against Canelo Alvarez, who held the WBA and WBC crowns, Saunders encountered his first and only career defeat.

Despite a competitive performance, the bout took a dark turn in the eighth round when Canelo delivered a thundering uppercut, breaking Saunders‘ orbital bone and prompting his corner to end the fight.

Why doesn’t Saunders rate Canelo’s power highly?

Surprisingly, Saunders, in a recent interview, expressed admiration for Lemieux’s power compared to Canelo’s.

“I’ll be honest, when I was in there with him [Canelo], I was expecting so much more.” Saunders told the KeepALukeOut Podcast.

“I remember being in there, it might have been round five and we were inside and I remember grabbing him and walking him back.

“I’m not a one-punch knockout man, but when it comes to tangling someone up, pushing and pulling, I am very, very good at that, that is one of my best weapons.

“I remember tying him up and pushing him back and I remember thinking, ‘You know what? I am just going to put my hand up here,’ a bit of kidology like, ‘Go on, go on.’

However, the power punch he expected never came.

“I was waiting to get hit like I did against David Lemieux,” he concluded.

“When I boxed him, I tested some power on my arm and I thought, ‘F*** me.’

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