=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === Billy Joe Saunders reinforced his threat to pull out of the biggest fight of his life by failing to appear for a contracted face off with Canelo Alvarez.
Saunders insists he will fly home immediately unless Canelo agrees to a ring much larger than the one stipulated here for Saturday night’s world middleweight title unification fight.
An 18-foot ring is customary in Texas but Saunders, whose main hope of defeating the world’s best boxer is to maximise his elusiveness, is demanding a 24-footer.
As the row raged on Saunders made good his threat not not to face off with Alvarez for pre-fight pictures in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and his father Tom said: ‘As of now the fight’s off.’
Saunders added: ‘I’m doing nothing unless the ring issue is settled.’
Saunders’ dad told iFL TV: ‘I can’t say them coming face to face because the issue with the ring has still not been sorted.
‘There is nothing in the contract about the ring size, it’s all about negotiations and negotiations have broken down big time.
‘Canelo has put an 18-foot ring, which I think is an amateur ring, as the fight ring. His plan was to put an 18-foot ring there, knowing we were going to start [complaining] and he said right, 20-foot ring, that was his game plan.
‘We wanted a 24-foot ring but we’ve come down to a 22-foot inside ring. Basically they are trying to take BJ’s legs away. We’re up against everything here and at the end of the day I’m not going to let my son box in a 20-foot ring against the supposed pound-for-pound king of boxing.