By Charles Brown: Former two-division world champion Billy Joe Saunders took to social media to name out extremely ranked 168-pound undefeated contender Edgar Berlanga, saying he needs to combat him subsequent.
Saunders, 33 (30-1, 14 KOs) hasn’t fought in two years since struggling an eighth-round damage stoppage loss to Canelo Alvarez in Might 2021.
Billy Joe was thought to have primarily retired after this loss, having fun with the huge spoils he acquired from the combat.
Is Billy Joe broke?
Saunders says he needs Berlanga as his “warm-up” combat, which if true suggests he is on the lookout for a payday after greater than 2 years out of the ring. Did Saunders spend his total fortune? What did he do with all of the dough he constituted of the Canelo combat?
He made hundreds of thousands for the Canelo combat, sufficient to retire and by no means work once more. Has Saunders already spent his total fortune after simply two years? I imply, it’s important to marvel as a result of he instantly calls Berlanga, saying he needs it proper now, it reeks of desperation.
It is unclear how severe Billy Joe is within the combat towards 26-year-old Berlanga (21-0, 16 KOs) as he’s a lot youthful and is arguably a light-weight heavyweight.
The man appeared larger than 175-pound champions Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol in his latest combat towards Jason Quigley final June, and he is had all types of issues on this contest.
Berlanga finally received a powerful twelve-round unanimous determination, however appeared gentle years away from being able to combat the large canine at 168, Canelo, David Morrell Jr and David Benavidez.
Unsurprisingly, Berlanga confirmed little interest in making an attempt to win the Canelo combat by going through both Morrell or Benavidez. He is simply on the lookout for the Canelo combat straight after his tune-up towards Quigley, and that is form of pathetic as a result of which means he needs the payday with out having to work for it.
Berlanga wants the inexperienced gentle
Eddie Hearn ought to give Berlanga the go-ahead to combat Billy Joe, and he is unlikely to place the rookie in unhealthy form with the far more expert and achieved Saunders.
The best way Hearn talks about eager to rush Berlanga right into a combat with Canelo subsequent 12 months, there isn’t any method on earth he is letting him combat Saunders as a result of he may lose.
Most consider that Hearn will proceed to feed the steep saunders till Canelo completes his three-fight contract with PBC. If that combat does not occur, Hearn will probably be caught with just about no good choices for cash fights with Berlanga except he can stress Goldeen Boy into letting him combat Jaime Munguia.
Hearn clearly is not going to place Berlanga with gifted tremendous middleweights like Benavidez or Morrell as a result of he does not have the power to compete with these guys. Saunders can be mistaken for Berlanga as he lacks the technical abilities to match a fighter like him.
If Saunders is ready to get into form for the combat, he might doubtlessly embarrass him like he did with David Lemieux in 2017. You would say Berlanga is the present model of Lemieux however with much less energy.
— Edgar Berlanga Jr (@EdgarBerlangaJr) July 19, 2023
Billy Joe’s proper eye socket was fractured in a number of locations after being pinned down by an uppercut from Canelo. Since that combat, Saunders has been inactive and placed on a variety of weight, wanting as large as a home.
Saunders must shed pounds
“Billy Joe Saunders needs to return again. We’ve not seen Billy Joe Saunders for the reason that Canelo combat, which appears like without end now. It was scary,” Ade Oladipo mentioned on his Youtube channel.
“Billy Joe was tremendous till he acquired caught, and when he acquired caught, that was it. It was 168 kilos, and it was Billy Joe’s first loss. There was a variety of discuss retirement after. He just about retired, and now he is saying he needs to return again. I believe he talked about 175.
“I noticed Billy Joe at an occasion. It should have been about 4 months in the past. Tall. He was tall, method larger than me, and undoubtedly over 200 kilos. He needs to be a three-weight world champion.
“There are large fights on the market for him domestically and all over the world at 175. So he has an opportunity. I do not know. I do not know for those who can take that lengthy, and once more, his measurement, I assume he hasn’t actually lived life.
“If Billy Joe comes again now, it should undoubtedly be the tip of the 12 months. It is two and a half years out of the ring. It is a lengthy, very long time, however some individuals may say your physique has healed.
“He’s contemporary now and he is able to go once more mentally. I am simply not satisfied. I want to see him combat. He’ll clearly heat up. He is not going to go straight in. He’s an excellent fighter. Billy Joe, I believe is an effective addition. Everybody goes to need it,” Ade mentioned.