With less than a day remaining for the super anticipated Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders fight, all eyes will be at the AT&T Stadium to see who will clinch all three of WBC, WBA (Super), and WBO super-middleweight titles at the end.
The better half of the global boxing fraternity, as well as the fanbase, have tipped the odds in favor of Canelo, but the WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has repeatedly backed his compatriot, the southpaw out of Hertfordshire as the one winning the fight.
While such a result will be one of the biggest upsets in the history of boxing, an equally surprising result was delivered by a younger and less experienced Fury himself back in November 2015 when he squared off against the former WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, who was at the prime of his career and was undefeated for 11 years.
Walking into the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf as the underdog, Fury is well-weathered about defeating the favourite, as he did the same almost six years ago, defeating “Dr. Steelhammer” via unanimous decision.
Fury expects “boxing master class” from Saunders against Canelo
Cut back to May 2021 and the Gypsy King anticipates the same triumph for his fellow gypsy. Speaking to Todd Grisham of DAZN, Fury predicted that the fight will go the distance, with Saunders outscoring Canelo unanimously.
“You’re gonna see an [absolute] boxing master class from Billy Joe Saunders,” said Fury in the interview, “and he’s gonna win a unanimous decision over 12 rounds.”
Fury has recently been very vocal about his support towards Saunders, from calling out Eddie Hearn for favouring Canelo on social media to revealing that the two Brits together are “strategically planning the downfall” of the middleweights and the heavyweight division, an indication that he himself will dominate Anthony Joshua in their proposed unification fight.
“There’s a lot of gypsy magic in the air,” the 32-year-old went on, “Billy Joe’s on form. He’s looking in great shape, best I’ve ever seen him. There’s gonna be a real good fight on [Saturday] night. Cannot wait. So happy to be here in Texas, with all these great boxing fans. It’s gonna be a real good fight. Really looking forward to it.”
While Fury hopes the ‘gypsy magic’ from Saunders to negate all odds on Saturday, the number one pound for pound boxer in the world Canelo is a 7-1 favorite to thrash his British opponent. Nonetheless, Fury ended his talk with shedding some praise on himself.
“I don’t know about pound-for-pound, but I know I’m the best fighter that’s ever lived. Never mind pound-for-pound, the best looking, the best talker, the best dressed, best everything,” Fury signed off.