Billy Joe Saunders is considering retirement following his loss to Canelo Alvarez in May – which ended when his corner retired the Brit from fighting any longer due to an eye injury. Canelo connected Saunders with a devastating uppercut in the 8th round which broke his eye socket in three places.
In the aftermath, Saunders received much criticism as well as claims that he quit, but the Brit denies such accusations and claims he was willing to fight on into the ninth round but his corner decided to end the fight.
“As a fighter, I wanted to go on. I sat down and I could hear Ben [Davison] telling me in the corner it was over before I even sat down. I was shaking my head to say, ‘No way.’ – Saunders Told TalkSport
There has been speculation that Saunders may retire considering the success he has enjoyed as pro and the millions he has earned. Billy Joe Saunders has won every title possible as a professional, both domestically and on world level: Southern Area Champion, Commonwealth, British and European titles at middleweight as well as WBO world titles at both middle and super-middle weight.
When asked about retirement, Saunders weighed-up his situation and it appears the deciding factor of any decision will be a discussion with his father.
“At the end of the day, I’m 31 years old, if I don’t ever wanna work again, wanna sit back, wanna chill, I can do that. And so it should be, I’ve put a lot of time into boxing and I’ve paid my dues. The sport’s been very, very good to me… I’m 31, I haven’t took no punishment, I haven’t been battered from pillar to post, brain dead and can’t put a sentence together, so I need to sit back and look at my options.
“Because the options have to weigh up – the thought of me just coming in and fighting for a world rating or something, belts don’t feed the kids. Everything would have to stack up and [be] the right fight. Because coming down from fights like that, it’s very hard, where do you go from there?
“I’ll have a chat with my dad because he’ll have a big say in it. To be fair it will be more or less down to my dad in the conversation more than me if I’m honest. It’s one of them where it’s 50/50. Whether I think, I will have one more or a couple more, but they’ve gotta be the right sort of fights.
“If he says, ‘Leave it son, don’t go back for more,’ then that’s probably what I’ll do.”