TYSON FURY has called for ‘fair play’ following the news Billy Joe Saunders will face Canelo Alvarez in a smaller than expected ring.
Saunders’ eagerly-anticipated super-middleweight title unification bout with the pound-for-pound king is in danger of falling through due to a dispute over the size of the ring.
The pair are currently set to trade blows inside a 20ft ring at Dallas’ Cowboys Stadium, which Team Saunders believes gives Mexican mauler Canelo an unfair advantage.
And Fury has called for his countryman’s demand for the fight to be in a 24 footer to be met.
He tweeted: “We will travel all over the world to fight the best fighters, all we ask is for a bit of fair play.”
Saunders’ dad, Tommy, cast serious doubt over the bout taking place on Tuesday evening by claiming the ‘fight’s off‘.
He told iFL TV: There’s nothing in the contract about ring size.
“Negotiations have broke down… They’ve said it’s either 20ft or book your flights home.
CASINO SIGN UP OFFER: CLAIM UP TO £800 IN CASINO BONUS CASH
CANELO V SAUNDERS NEWS
WHO YA GOT? Pundits make their predictions
CLEAN BILL BJS’s amazing body transformation
HOME WORK Canelo’s humble beginning
CANELO V SAUNDERS TV, live stream and start time info ahead of the big fight
“The fight’s off.”
Saunders himself has thrown the biggest fight of his career into further doubt by no-showing for his first face-off with the four-weight world champion.
The WBO 168lb champ left the negotiation of the ring size down to his management but has called for the issue to be resolved as soon as possible.
He told Behind the Gloves: “There’s one or two small things now.
“One of those small things and when I say small is the ring. I’ve left it to my team. I let them sort out all of that rubbish.
‘”You don’t go in a 70,000 seat stadium with hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of feet long and dance in a 16-foot ring or an 18-foot ring or even a 20-foot ring.Billy Joe Saunders is set to throw down with pound-for-pound king Canelo on Sunday[/caption] Billy Joe Saunders left Canelo Alvarez hanging at their first scheduled face off[/caption]
Most read in Boxing
“This magnitude of fight has to be on a fair playing field.”
Saunders could end up being replaced by fellow Brit John Ryder if he opts against fighting Canelo in the 20ft squared circle.
Ryder told Boxing News: “Put it this way, it’s a bit earlier than scheduled but I’m definitely going to pack my gum shield and my protector just in case.
That’s the sport we’re involved in. Especially with Covid, how many times have you seen fights pulled last minute with positive tests coming through and main events falling through.
“I’m going there tomorrow regardless. What’s an extra couple of ounces for a protector and a gumshield? I’m taking my gloves and boots anyway.
“What’s the saying – have gloves, will travel. That’s me.”