Last Saturday the super middleweight champion of the World Boxing Council, Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, defeated Englishman Billy Joe Saunders in a great fight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The combat was intense, with both men giving their absolute best to provide a great show. In the eight round, Saunders suffered a fractured eye socket from a Canelo uppercut, which prevented him from seeing clearly. In the corner coach Mark Tibbs took the humane, responsible and correct decision to stop the fight, because he did not want to expose his pupil and friend to irreversible damage.
Billy Joe had to undergo surgery to repair a triple fracture in the orbital area of his right eye.
He proved he`s world-class, facing the Pound For Pound Supreme Fighter, putting on a great and memorable show.
The WBC family recognizes the courage of Billy Joe Saunders and wishes him a speedy plus successful recovery, reiterating our full support.