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Canelo vs Saunders: Boxing pros react to Canelo Alvarez’s TKO win and Billy Joe Saunders “quitting” in the corner

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Canelo Alvarez is getting big praise from the pros, but Billy Joe Saunders may be getting even bigger criticism.

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Canelo Alvarez now has three of four title belts at super middleweight, following his stoppage of Billy Joe Saunders after an eye injury after eight rounds at AT&T Stadium.

Mike Coppinger reports that Saunders is being examined for a “suspected broken right orbital bone.”

A stoppage in the corner — and it’s been noted Saunders’ team pulled the plug there, it wasn’t stopped by the referee on advice from the doctor but because Saunders’ corner halted it — is always going to bring out some harsh judgment in boxing, and not just from loud fans or media people, either.

A lot of pros are being loudly critical of Saunders (30-1, 14 KO) “quitting” in the corner on the injury, some of them pretty harsh about it. But there’s also just a lot of praise out there for Canelo (56-1-2, 38 KO), who now has the WBC, WBA, and WBO titles at 168 lbs.