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Canelo vs Saunders: Billy Joe Saunders hoping he’ll get a fair shake from the judges

Saunders says he believed he was entitled to at least one British judge in this fight, which turns out not to be the case.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

As things currently stand, we appear to be all squared away for this weekend’s super middleweight title unification between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders. Yesterday Saunders was threatening to pull out of the fight over what he believed to be too small of a ring, but has since said that issue has been sorted out. But that doesn’t mean Saunders is now completely satisfied as he mentions his displeasure with the selection of judges for the fight.

In particular Saunders tells ESPN that he was under the belief that he was entitled to at least one British judge for this fight only to find out the the local Texas commission would not allow it. To that end Saunders says he’s just hoping that he can get a fair judging in this fight, questioning whether or not he’ll be able to win a decision on the cards should the fight be close.

“I’m happy I’ve got the shot. I’m just asking for a fair shake. I might go there and get knocked out in one round, we may not need judges. He might spark me in 30 seconds. If we do get to judges, if I win by two or three rounds then it is hard to get that unless they’re fair scorecards.”

How to Watch Canelo vs Saunders

Date: Saturday, May 8 | Start Time: 8:00 pm ET
Location: AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX
Streaming: DAZN
Online Coverage:

According to Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, the three official judges will be from neutral countries, none coming from the United Kingdom nor Mexico.

Canelo has been accused of getting the benefit of the scorecards in past fights and if this turns out to be a close one, do you think Saunders has a chance of taking the fight on the cards? Discuss below.

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