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Saunders wants Canelo after US debut win

10th November 2019, 15:00 by Craig Smithson

Billy Joe Saunders wants to fight Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez next after he secured a stoppage win against Esteban Coceres on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old British WBO world super-middleweight champion was making his United States debut on the undercard of KSI's victory over YouTube rival Logan Paul at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

And, while he was not at his peak performance-wise, Saunders stopped his Argentinian opponent in the 11th round, having floored him three times.

He said: "I knocked him out when I knew I had to. I thought 'you have to stop him' and I stopped him.

"I knew I had to dig very deep. I am not one to make excuses. I came over here five days out, nine hours' time difference, I haven't slept right for five days.

"Tonight wasn't a world-class performance, it was a world class finish but not a world class performance. That shows you what sort of a fighter I am."

Despite his lacklustre display, Saunders still has ambitions of facing Mexican star, Canelo, who currently holds world title belts at middleweight, super-middleweight and light-heavyweight.

He added: "Canelo Alvarez is the one I want next.

"I can fluctuate at middleweight and super-middleweight. The bigger fights are at super-middleweight. All the super-middleweights will look at that performance and think 'we haven't got a lot to worry about there so let's get him in the ring'."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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