Billy Joe Saunders Says He's Most Determined Fighter Canelo Alvarez Has Ever Faced

Adam WellsMay 7, 2021

Canelo Alvarez, front left, and Billy Joe Saunders, right pose for a face off after their weigh-ins on Friday, May 7, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. Alvarez and Saunders fight on Saturday, May 8, 2021, for the unified super middleweight world championship. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
AP Photo/Roger Steinman

On the eve of the biggest fight of his career, Billy Joe Saunders delivered a message to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. 

Speaking to reporters during Friday's media session, Saunders said Canelo has "never faced a man with so much determination."

Canelo didn't sound too concerned about Saunders when he got the chance to respond:

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Canelo takes the mic from Chris Mannix to address the crowd in Spanish ... "I'm very thankful everybody came out and we'll try to give you a good fight. I;ve been in big fights before. I know how to deal with (Saunders). At this level, you have to adjust to everything."

Saunders enters Saturday's matchup with a perfect 30-0 record in his career. The English star most recently defeated Martin Murray by unanimous decision in December to retain the WBO super middleweight championship. 

Alvarez will be a step up in competition for Saunders. The 30-year-old is 55-1-2 in his storied career and is currently riding a 14-fight unbeaten streak since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2013. 

The winner of the bout will be the unified super middleweight champion.