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Boxing news: Billy Joe Saunders calls out Canelo Alvarez, has plan to become mandatory

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.

Billy Joe Saunders is the WBO super-middleweight champion

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Billy Joe Saunders is the WBO super-middleweight champion


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.”

Canelo now holds the WBO light-heavyweight belt, which Saunders could become mandatory for if he moved up

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Canelo now holds the WBO light-heavyweight belt, which Saunders could become mandatory for if he moved up

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.

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