Tyson Fury believes his fellow traveller Billy Joe Saunders will not only inflict a sensational upset on the world’s No 1 boxer in their world super-middleweight multi-title fight here in Arlington on Saturday night but do so in a style so unexpected that it will startle and derail Canelo Alvarez.
The US indoor boxing record crowd of 70,000 seated under the roof of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium expects to see the great Canelo chase down the elusive, fast, agile, fluidly moving Saunders and eventually demolish him.
But Fury insists: ‘There will be no ducking, diving and dodging by Billy Joe this time. He will shock the world by winning and by the way he does it.
Billy Joe Saunders (right) takes on the world’s No 1 fighter in Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night
Tyson Fury has revealed that Saunders will come out and hold his ground against Canelo
‘He will come out, hold his ground and impose that southpaw jab on Canelo time and time and time again. Bang, bang, bang.
‘Canelo is a very good fighter but he will find himself being hit flush in the face from beginning to an end.’
The perceived wisdom is that Saunders lacks the heaviness of punch to hold off Alvarez but Fury says: ‘Billy Joe has hidden power for which he is not given the credit. Canelo is about to find that out. And that he is up against the best British boxer.
‘He will also be facing the appetite for fighting of the travelling community. We grow up fighting from birth. We love it. Canelo will also be under a curse now put out there. There will be gypsy magic in the air.’
Fury said Saunders doesn’t get credit for his power and Canelo is about to find out all about it
Saunders is an underdog with many feeling that he doesn’t punch hard enough to hurt Canelo
Fury was speaking after sparring 30 rounds non-stop in the gym at the Saunders fight hotel, so as not to slacken in his training while still hoping that his massive fight against Anthony Joshua for the undisputed world heavyweight championship does happen this summer.
Saunders, who is Britain’s most naturally gifted boxer, has spoke confidently about his chances all week and said at the head-to-head press conference: ‘Canelo is a great champion but most of his opponents just turn up for the pay cheque. None have brought the heart and soul and will to win that I will take into this stadium.’
The Mexican, rated the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, said: ‘He’s a good fighter but boxing is my life and this is another day at the office. I’m here to win.’
But Fury (left) has insisted Canelo won’t know what’s hit him when Saunders lands his jab
The Mexican is the heavy favourite and said that this is just another day at the office for him
TALE OF THE TAPE
Height: 5′ 8″ / 173cm
Reach: 70½″ / 179cm
BILLY JOE SAUNDERS
Height: 5′ 11″ / 180cm
Reach: 71″ / 180cm
With very few Brits able to fly to the US, Alvarez says: ‘I’m used to big crowds and it always excites me to hear so many thousands roaring: ‘Canelo, Canelo.’
Saunders says: ‘There will be gypsies from all over America cheering for me.’
Who to believe? The bookies have no doubts, making Canelo a heavy odds-on favourite, Billy Joe at least a 4-1 underdog.