Billy Joe Saunders has made it clear that he wants to take on Canelo Alvarez in his next fight.
The Brit is due to defend his WBO super-middleweight world title against Martin Esteban Coceres in what should be a relatively straightforward outing on Saturday night before moving on a big 2020.
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Saunders, now 30, wants his potentially career-defining year to feature a fight against the man who, following his win over Sergey Kovalev, many now consider boxing’s pound-for-pound king.
“I want Canelo Alvarez,” BJS told Sky Sports.
“Canelo’s never been a 168lbs [super-middleweight] world champion.
“They say he has, he hasn’t. WBA ‘regular’ champion? That’s not the full world title, he’s never been full world champion.
“So let’s go. I’ll give him a chance, let’s go. You give me a chance and I’ll give you a chance of being a four-weight world champion.”
If this challenge doesn’t lure Canelo in voluntarily, Saunders has another idea to try and secure the fight.
As he holds the WBO super-middleweight title and Canelo now holds the WBO belt in the division above, the 30-year-old may use one of the governing body’s rules to attempt to get his shot.
He continued: “I’m 100 per cent sure that I’d beat him.
“I might move up to 175lbs [light-heavyweight] and then I become mandatory to him. He either fights me or vacates.