Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Billy Joe Saunders will be out “ for a very, very long time ” with an eye injury from his loss to Saul “ Canelo ” Alvarez on Saturday night.
The Briton relinquished his WBO super middleweight title in Dallas in front of boisterous 73,000 fans at AT&T Stadium after taking a series of brutal upercuts.
Saunders exploded out of the blocks with a ton of energy, but failed to land a killer shot.
After Saunders’ early breakup, Alvarez took control of the ring to trap the Englishman in the corner and sneak into several body shots.
Alvarez maintained the advantage throughout the opening laps but was unable to deliver a fatal blow. The momentum briefly changed in the fifth round when Saunders knocked out the Mexican with a solid left hook.
However, Alvarez quickly regained his composure, outshining his opponent until he landed a flurry of punches to the head in the eighth round that opened a cut under Saunders’ right eye.
The Briton’s corner finally ended the fight while treating the eye between the eighth and ninth rounds.
Speaking to iFL TV after the fight, Matchroom Boxing chief honcho Eddie Hearn said Saunders coach Mark Tibbs made the right move to stop the fight.
“You could see as soon as he [Canelo] hit it [Saunders] that he had made his orbit.
“I think because he couldn’t see the next round was going to be a bad situation. I think he would have been seriously injured on this lap.
“He went to the hospital and I think he will have an operation immediately,” he added. “So he’s going to be away for a long, long time.
“But he’s a world-class fighter who lost to number one pound for pound. He’s a two-weight world champion.
“If he wants to continue, there are big fights for him. He can feel he’s come to a place where he’s been there, he’s done it, he’s seen it all. We will support it 100%.