Former middleweight and tremendous middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders is coming off of the largest struggle of his profession (by far), a stoppage loss to Canelo Alvarez on May 8, the place Saunders was pulled from the struggle with a foul harm to his eye socket.
Saunders spoke with talkSPORT in regards to the ending to the struggle, the harm, and what’s left for him in boxing.
Saunders mentioned his eye socket was damaged in three locations, and he’s been having fun with time together with his household since his surgical procedure. He additionally gave credit score to Canelo, calling him “a world class fighter” who “caught me with a world class shot.”
He additionally mentioned that he did need to go on, although admitting the harm was affecting him, and that the nook made the decision to finish the struggle with Alvarez.
Extra attention-grabbing is that Saunders says he’s legitimately contemplating stepping away from the game fully now:
“On the finish of the day, I’m 31 years previous, if I don’t ever wanna work once more, wanna sit again, wanna chill, I can try this. … As a result of coming down from fights like that, it’s very onerous, the place do you go from there? I’ll have a chat with my dad as a result of he’ll have an enormous say in it. … It’s one among them the place it’s 50/50. Whether or not I feel, I’ll have another or a pair extra, however they’ve gotta be the best type of fights. If he says, ‘Go away it son, don’t return for extra,’ then that’s in all probability what I’ll do.”
Boxing being boxing and boxers being boxers, it’s commonplace to listen to somebody at 31 speak about retiring after they’ve already had a superb run within the sport. Fighters are extra keenly conscious of the risks of hanging round too lengthy and taking punishment, and Billy Joe’s made some good cash; if he’s finished nicely with that cash, he could simply be capable of dangle up the gloves and say he’s finished sufficient within the sport.
Nevertheless it’s additionally commonplace for this type of speak to go nowhere, or for a fighter to announce someplace between one and 5 retirements and maintain coming again, anyway. Many truly attempt to step out, however can’t shake the aggressive itch. Some simply don’t know what to do retiring from their profession so younger. Some wind up needing cash. Others get a little bit break, heal up, really feel good, and are available again to do nicely. And some truly keep retired and that’s simply that.
So that you by no means know. However Saunders is no less than contemplating it, and it’s not the primary time he’s talked about stepping away younger, both.