Beaten Saunders vows to fight on

11 May 2021 21:34:14 GMTPlus10

Billy Joe Saunders has given no hint of retirement despite requiring eye surgery following Saturday night's brutal defeat to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Texas.

Saunders's corner threw in the towel at the end of the eighth round after seeing the damage caused by Alvarez's explosive upper cut during their super-middleweight title fight in Arlington.

Saunders had frustrated the Mexican for the majority of the contest but his spirit was suddenly broken by a wonder-shot from four-weight champion Alvarez, who was cementing his place as the sport's number-one fighter.

You win some and lose some. Didn't feel out of my league but got caught with a good shot and couldn't see.

Billy Joe Saunders

The Briton was rushed to a Dallas hospital by ambulance where he had surgery on a broken eye socket and broken cheekbone.

Inevitably, there were suggestions that the 31-year-old may well have to retire after such a devastating injury, especially as he will be out of the ring for a long time.

But Saunders promptly posted a defiant message of "I'll be back" on Facebook and insisted he didn't feel that he had been out of his depth taking on Alvarez.

"Broken eye socket and broken cheekbone in three places – operation yesterday, all went well," he wrote.

"You win some and lose some. Didn't feel out of my league but got caught with a good shot and couldn't see. Thank you all who watched. I'll be back."

Alvarez, meanwhile, has set his sights on a showdown with IBF belt holder Caleb Plant, the one obstacle stopping the Mexican becoming the undisputed champion of the 168lb division.

Meanwhile, Scotland's Josh Taylor is 1.44 to beat Jose Carlos Ramirez in their 23rd May battle to become the undisputed light-welterweight champion of the world. Ramirez is 2.75, with the draw 13.00.

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