Saunders: If Canelo-GGG Winner Don't Face Me Next - It's a Duck!

WBO world middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) will be a very interested observer when Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin collide for a second time.

On Monday, it was officially announced that Canelo would challenge Golovkin, the WBC, IBO, IBF, WBA middleweight champion, on May 5th at a venue to be determined at a later date.

They fought back in September, with the contest ending in a controversial twelve round split decision. Now both of them are looking to settle the score.

canelo-golovkin-new-york (7)_1

Saunders retained his title back in December with a one-sided dominating twelve round decision over former IBF champion David Lemieux.

The unbeaten champion will make the fourth defense of his title on April 14th, when he faces battle-tested Martin Murray at the O2 Arena in London.

The main goal for Saunders, is to face the winner of the upcoming Canelo vs. Golovkin rematch - and he holds a big bargaining chip, the only world title not captured as of yet by whoever wins.

He puts his own reputation at stake - when it comes to reaching an agreement with the winner. Whoever walks away from the negotiating table, including himself, deserves criticism - says Saunders.

"If the winner doesn't fight me in a unification, we know someone is ducking someone," Saunders told BBC Sport.

"I look [like the] favorite for the winner but who knows, anything can happen."

Saunders does believe that his victory against Lemieux may have scared off them off.

"To be honest, do I blame them for not fighting me after I'd beaten Lemieux? No," Saunders told BBC Radio 5 live's boxing podcast.

"They are in for a big-money rematch. Business-wise I don't hate them or despise them for it. After that, there is no excuse for any of us. If I don't fight the winner, I'm ducking; if he doesn't, the same."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Eff Pandas on 01-31-2018

Idk about that, but obviously he gots to say it to hype things up &/or do what he can to try to steer GGG & Canelo his way. That said I suspect whoever wins WILL fight him so its all…

Comment by sterilizer on 01-31-2018

If this clown Saunders thinks he is so good, why is he not challenging Jacobs, to defeat him more convincingly than GGG did, and then become credible? He screwed Lemieux real bad, true, but that Lemieux was already damaged goods,…

Comment by Sickmerch1990 on 01-30-2018

Saunders got to fight jacobs winner gets triple G after he whoops canelo

Comment by Santa_ on 01-30-2018

Sweet Pea should just start chasing the other top dogs at 160 to continue to prove he's one of the top dogs at Middleweight. I win over Jacobs would do just that.

Comment by kushking on 01-30-2018

[QUOTE=gully7;18447507]It took Canelo 6 rounds to KO chinny Khan who has the worst ring IQ of any former world champion for 20 years but yeh Canelo will brutalize BJS despite him never being hurt in his career. If the bang…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (40)
Top Headlines Daily Bread Mailbag: Canelo-GGG, Mayweather, Munguia, More Luke Campbell Very Confident as He Enters Mendy Rematch Bellew: Povetkin Should Be Banned, Not Getting Joshua Shot Wilder, Fury Promises Explosive Drama When They Collide Ivan Baranchyk vs. Anthony Yigit Added To Prograis-Flanagan Jermell Charlo Raises Hand To Face Floyd Mayweather in Return Jon Fernandez: We Just Had a Bad Game Plan For This Fight Canelo-GGG, Mayweather-Pacquiao - A Gem & a Pending Sham Foster Out-Boxes, Upsets Jon Fernandez in ShoBox Main Event Irvin Gonzalez Busier, Easily Beats Carlos Ramos Canelo Vows Quick Return: I Want To Fight in December Steven Ortiz Edges Wesley Ferrer By Majority Decision Misael Lopez Beats James Wilkins By Unanimous Decision Joshua: I'm The Best in The Division, No Doubt, It's Been Proven! Povetkin: I'm as Strong as Joshua, I Was Weaker With Klitschko Wilder, Fury Sign Contracts - Tour Begins on October 1 in London Luis Nery vs. Jason Conoy For WBC Silver, on October 6 Wilder-Fury Announcement Next Week; Likely 12/1, Staples Center Photos: Jayson Velez, Orlando Cruz - Ready For Puerto Rico Battle Joshua's Coach: Povetkin is Not Parker or Takam - He's Top Level Dutchover: Aguilar Won't Stop Me From Reaching Title Goal Sanchez: Golovkin a Little Angry Vegas Favors The House Fighter Povetkin: I Will Give Everything, It's One of My Last Big Chances Whyte: If Chisora Fights Me, It Will Be His Last Fight Photos: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juanma Lopez - Square Up at Presser Photos: Campbell vs. Mendy, Okolie vs. Askin - Ready For Battle Photos: David Price, Sergey Kuzmin - Vow Fireworks at Wembley Photos: Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin - Ready For War Munguia Satisfied With Adjustments, Saw Canelo as Big Winner Badou Jack: Stevenson on different level than guys Gvozdyk beat Joshua Out-Weighs Povetkin By Almost 25 Pounds In London Hopkins: Canelo Flipped Script On Golovkin, Walked Him Down David Price: Beating Sergey Kuzmin Can Be Life-Changing Joshua vs. Povetkin: Chris Kongo, John Docherty Added James Wilkins' Big Moment Has Arrived in ShoBox Debut Amir Khan Tells Anthony Joshua To Head To America For Legacy Malignaggi: Fans Won't Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao 2? Bullsh*t! BoxNation Announces Big Week of Live Shows DAZN Exec: No Reason Boxing Fans Shouldn't Come Check Us Out Iran Diaz Expects Tough Outing, Vows To Shock Sor Rungvisai

Latest Active Forum Threads