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Davison: Canelo-Saunders Will Boil Down To Who's The Smarter Fighter

Ben Davison can only hope and wait to find out if Billy Joe Saunders actually gets his opportunity to upset Canelo Alvarez.

Alvarez and Saunders have agreed to fight, but Alvarez also has the option to move straight to a third fight versus rival Gennadiy Golovkin if the coronavirus pandemic delays fights from being scheduled for too long. If Saunders does defend his WBO super middleweight title against Alvarez, Davison envisions a highly competitive clash that ultimately will be determined by ring IQ.

“I just think that it boils down to who’s the smarter fighter,” Davison, Saunders’ trainer, told IFL TV. “It’s well known, Canelo’s strength and power, and his speed, hand speed. You know, he’s well known for that. And Billy Joe’s known for his slickness and his speed and his footwork and his ability and his ring craft. You know, both of them are such good fighters I just believe that it’ll boil down to who’s a step ahead upstairs, in their IQ. And the man who’s a step ahead of the other man in their IQ will win that fight, I believe.”


Mexico’s Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) and England’s Saunders (29-0, 14 KOs) were headed toward a May 2 fight DAZN would’ve streamed from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Their 12-round, 168-pound championship match has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 outbreak throughout the world.

Saunders returned home earlier this week from Las Vegas, where he had been training with Davison for roughly two months.

“We had been working since the second week in January, flat out, so obviously we were tapering weeks there so that we weren’t over-training,” Davison said. “But in terms of where he was at, I was very, very happy with where he was at. I’ve got a hundred-percent belief in Billy Joe being victorious in that fight. And I’m absolutely gutted, you know? I’ve gotta say full credit to Canelo for taking that fight in the first place.

“I just hope that he goes through with it, and doesn’t decide to change his mind on that situation. I don’t know the legalities and all the rest of it, of contracts. [Promoter] Eddie [Hearn] and MTK [Global] will know more about that than I would. But, you know, I just know that Billy Joe has waited five years for that opportunity, and I just hope that he does get it eventually.” 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by MulaKO on 03-30-2020

This fight won’t happen It’s Blow Job Saunders turn to go find money elsewhere Douchebag of a human Davison should train him for more pranks

Comment by Tbone27 on 03-30-2020

If Davison is training BJS to try to just out-box Canelo then he's doing him a disservice because unless you drop Canelo or dominate him for 12 rds the best you'll get is a draw

Comment by MulaKO on 03-30-2020

[QUOTE=NORMNEALON;20487396]Listen iam no canelo nut hugger , I call him out for his dirty test , I will pick against him if I think he will lose . Iam a reasonable fan . But billy is not a better boxer…

Comment by NORMNEALON on 03-30-2020

[QUOTE=Kcvtr81;20486701]Bjs is the better boxer canelo needs all the help he can get to win a fight[/QUOTE] Listen iam no canelo nut hugger , I call him out for his dirty test , I will pick against him if I…

Comment by TheMyspaceDayz on 03-30-2020

BJS will have to put Canelo into a body bag in order to get a draw. Needless fight.

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