By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Billy Joe Saunders wanted to battle on against Canelo Alvarez and did not quit, according to his former trainer Ben Davison.
Prior to Saturday’s bout, Saunders repeatedly spoke about how the Mexican had never faced anyone with his heart and was among the vocal critics of Daniel Dubois failing to continue against Joe Joyce with similar injuries to his eye and cheek.
So he has come in for criticism in some quarters for what they perceived as Saunders quitting on his stool after the eighth round.
But Davison, who was in the corner, is adamant that Saunders wanted to carry on, telling iFL TV: ‘There’s a very misconstrued opinion of what happened in the corner.
‘Billy Joe came back in the corner and sat down, I came up and whispered in his ear and said “you’ve proven you belong at this level and you’ll get another shot because this fight was close”.
‘He was growing into the fight but I told him we had to pull it, and that’s why he shook his head as if to say “no, I’m going back out there.”
‘I think he even said something about how he could go orthodox.’
The trainer, who also used to work with Tyson Fury, said: ‘Let me clear something up about Billy Joe, I won’t name any names but he has made fighters who are good quality, who have a lot of heart, quit in the gym.