Former super middleweight champion George Groves believes Billy Joe Saunders has now not accomplished satisfactory to earn a extremely lucrative battle with Mexican celeb Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
On Saturday evening at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Canelo captured the WBC, WBA tremendous middleweight titles with a one-sided battering of unbeaten Callum Smith over twelve rounds.
Smith had crushed Groves within the ultimate circular of the realm Boxing tremendous series match in 2018.
Saunders’ most contemporary performances had been lackluster.
past this month, Saunders retained the WBO super middleweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision over a past his leading Martin Murray. And in his two fights in 2019, Saunders failed to galvanize in his wins in opposition t Marcelo Esteban Coceres and Shefat Isufi.
He being located to face Canelo on Cinco De Mayo weekend in may additionally – however the whole experience was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Groves would quite see Canelo fight somebody like Chris Eubank Jr. than Saunders.
“Saunders’ performances aren’t beneficial for a shot at Canelo. he is been inactive too. To be thrown in a fight like that, he needs some superior performances below his belt. however he could be in the working now. Eubank Jr can be a pretty good fight to observe. he is an important persona, attractive for fans and it might be pleasing,” Groves spoke of to BBC.
Eddie Hearn, promoter for Saunders, believes Canelo will go after the British boxer in 2021 – earlier than targeting a 3rd encounter with IBF, IBO middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin.
“He likes to tackle the most advantageous, he’s a hell of a fighter,” observed Hearn.
“Billy Joe Saunders after which GGG in that order. I believe he’s going to wish to choose up the different belts in the division I believe he’ll go for Billy next.”
Canelo also has a compulsory duty as a result of premier challenger Avni Yildirim – which is due inside 90 days pursuant to an order from the realm Boxing Council.