Billy Joe Saunders didn’t quite get his wish for this year, did he?
The WBO super middleweight world champion was last in action last November when he defended his belt against Marcelo Esteban Coceres at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Saunders (29-0, 14 KOs) boxed on the same card as KSI when he outpointed Logan Paul last year and had been hoping to get a crack at Saul Alvarez.
But it seems that the former world champion down at middleweight has now conceded that the ‘Canelo’ shot is out of reach and has moved his focus to other big players in the division.
“This is just a little message to any super middleweight,” the Hatfield ace, 31, said in a video which was published on his social media channels. “‘Canelo’, I’ve been waiting around for, as you well know, so that one looks parked up.”
Callum Smith, the Liverpudlian who holds the WBA Super, Ring Magazine and WBC Diamond world titles in the 168-pound division, and Demetrius Andrade –– who has a ring record of 29-0 with 18 quick and holds the WBO title formerly in the possession of Saunders down at middleweight –– were next on his hit-list, with Eddie Hearn, the promoter of the three fighters, saying recently that a fight between ‘Mundo’ (27-0, 19 KOs) and Saunders should be next if the shot at Mexican superstar ‘Canelo’ isn’t forthcoming.
“Callum Smith and [Demetrius] Andrade, let’s get it on,” Saunders added. “Callum, you’re a great fighter, a really good fighter [and the fight would be a] unification. I reckon we can get it on.”
Smith has been out of action since his controversial win over John Ryder back in November last year at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, while Andrade has a mandatory challenger in the shape of Frank Warren-promoted British champion Liam Williams (22-2-1, 17 KOs).
“Andrade, you’re just a little p-ssy who keeps running. You don’t want to fight anybody, but let’s go. 168 [pounds], November or December, we [are] ready, boy.”