Boxing: Fury packs a punch at Vegas training camp
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Tyson Fury has weighed in on the dispute between Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo Alvarez ahead of this weekend’s super-middleweight unification fight. Saunders is set to go toe-to-toe with the Mexican for the WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine titles at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas on Saturday night.
The unbeaten WBO world champion is hoping to pull off one of the best wins from a Brit on foreign soil against Alvarez, who is the huge favourite for the bout.
The build-up to the fight has been dominated with arguments between the two camps, with Saunders particularly unhappy about the size of the ring inside the stadium.
“There’s one or two small things now,” Saunders told Behind The Gloves on Monday.
“One of those small things and when I say small is the ring. I’ve left it to my team. I let them sort out all of that rubbish.
“You don’t go into a 70,000-seat stadium with hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of feet long and dance in a 16-foot ring or an 18-foot ring or even a 20-foot ring.
“This magnitude of fight has to be on a fair playing field. A proper legitimate ring, proper legitimate gloves. I just want a fair shake of the dice.”
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Saunders and his father have also raised doubts as to whether Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn actually wants him to win.
Hearn represents both fighters but has been accused of favouring Canelo, who is one of his biggest clients alongside Anthony Joshua.
He has denied the allegations from the 31-year-old, while Saunders’ father Tom has also complained about the lack of a British referee, which he says they were promised.
Now Fury has added his voice to the furore around the bout, echoing his friend’s grievances over the conditions.
“We will travel all over the world to fight the best fighters, all we ask is for a bit of fair play,” Fury tweeted on Tuesday afternoon alongside a picture of Saunders and Alvarez.
Alvarez has lost just once to Floyd Mayweather across his illustrious 16-year professional career and Saunders and Fury clearly feel the odds are being further stacked against them in the build-up to the fight.
“I got off the phone with Billy Joe,” Fury previously posted on social media. “It seems like they are trying a lot of tricks in Texas with him.
“I just want to say: you can try all of the tricks in the world but you won’t beat Billy Joe. Play fair, guys. Play fair, now.”
Despite the problems with the ring and Alvarez’s intimidating record, Saunders is confident he has what it takes to win in Texas.
“I’ve planned this out in my head and I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a little boy fighting in my front room,” he told DAZN.
“I’ve had dreams of this day happening since I was about five or six years old… I’ve got all the way here.
“This will be the biggest upset in boxing history, I believe. Certainly in the last 20 years. I believe this is meant to be.
“To win this means absolutely everything to me. More than money, more than fame, more than everything. I want to win this so badly it’s a joke.”
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