Tyson Fury: “Billy Joe needs to fight again for his inner-spirit”
Former WBO Super Middleweight champion “SuperB” Billy Joe Saunders (30-1, 14ko) recently admitted to contemplated retiring from the sport. However, WBC Heavyweight champion Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury advises his friend to keep fighting. This decision comes after losing to Mexican mega-star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (56-1-2, 38ko) in a major unification bout back on May 8. Saunders was doing well, and some inside the boxing community felt he was winning the fight.
Everything was going exactly how the former champion planned. Then, Alvarez landed a crushing right uppercut that broke the right orbital bone of the former champion. Saunders was unable to continue and quit in the corner on the stool at the end of the eighth round. Now, fans and pundits took to social media attacking the British fighter for quitting in the ring. Fans felt that with so much on the line, at the very least he should have tried to give it a go in the ninth round instead of giving up at the first sign of trouble.
SOME GOOD ADVICE FROM A FRIEND
Saunders, known for trash-talking throughout his career, should have been well aware of the killing he was going to get on social media. Nonetheless, his talk of retiring gives the impression he is a broken fighter and possibly depressed. If anyone can understand about being down in the dumps to the lowest point of life, it is Fury.
The WBC champion has openly talked about being mentally depressed and his struggles of having to overcome personal demons. Fury has been best friends with the former world champion going back to their days in the amateurs.
The Gypsy King does not want to see his close friend travel down the same path. He offered Saunders some words of wisdom that he revealed during an interview on Seconds Out.
“I told him that he should recover from his injuries and come back and win another world title. Do not go out like that. I have been in this game a long time, and I believe Billy Joe needs to fight again for his own inner-spirit.”
“If he does not fight again, it will haunt him forever that he went out with a loss, and an injury loss as well. It hurts more because if you get knocked out or smashed to bits in a fight, then you know you are not good enough. I believe it was a close fight up until he got his face smashed in.”
“But I think he can come back, regroup and win another world title for sure; maybe try to get the Andrade fight.”
By: Garrisson Bland