Billy Joe Saunders accuses Eddie Hearn in judges row for Canelo fight

Billy Joe Saunders has accused Eddie Hearn of siding with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in a row over the judges for their super-middleweight unification clash.

Saunders is adamant the fight contract for their shoot-out at the home of the Dallas Cowboys stipulated one judge would be English to ensure he was not cheated on the scorecards.

Hearn promotes both fighters and Saunders claims the Matchroom chief favours pound-for-pound king Alvarez because he will make him more money.

The unbeaten WBO champ took issue with Hearn on a conference call and told him: “I was under the impression there would be a British judge on there, but apparently the commission don’t allow it.

“I know this is pure business and your business relationship with Canelo is better than the business relationship you’ve got with me because it’s more money.

“As long as I get a fair shake I don’t care what side of the fence anyone is on. It’s only Canelo I’m really worried about, not you, not the judges, not anyone else.

“I’m happy I’ve got the shot. I’m just asking for a fair shake. I might go in there and get knocked out in one round, we may not need judges.

“He may spark me in 30 seconds. If we do go to the judges, if I win by two or three rounds, then it will be hard to get that decision unless they’re fair scorecards.

“In my agreement there was an English judge when I did the deal. You say the contract says different, but I can’t read can I? I can’t read or write.”

Hearn disputes Saunders’ claims and says the fight contract for the clash in the early hours of Sunday stipulated the three judges would be neutral. They will be confirmed imminently and are expected to be American.

Saunders, 30, also feels the ring is too small and his moans could be seen as an attempt to unsettle Alvarez. The Traveller from Hatfield insists all the pressure is on WBA Super and WBC king Alvarez to live up to his billing as the world’s No 1 fighter.

“There’s no pressure on me,” said the two-weight world champ.” At the end of the day there will be 70,000 people there and they’re not coming to support me, they’re coming to support him.

“There’s zero pressure on me. Look what’s on the line, there’s added pressure that comes with the fight, but there’s no pressure on me that I have to do this or that in the ring to please myself.

“There’s more pressure on his end than mine.”

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