The lockdown impacted fewer fighters more than WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders after his scheduled megafight with Canelo Alvarez was halted due to the pandemic.

As the boxing calendar begins to resume, under the tutelage of coach Ben Davison, Saunders’ focus remains entrenched on eventually clashing with Canelo.

Coach Davison told BBTV: “I think that the situation is that he (Canelo) wants to box in September, but the fact of the matter is that they won’t be able to generate the money to pay for an opponent like Billy Joe. 

“So they are looking for a cheaper opponent, not in a disrespectful way, but whether that happens – I have heard that some fighters have turned it down and I think it’s all up in the air at the minute. I can understand if they go for a lesser opponent in September, but then I think the fight would still make sense for at least before May next year.”

He added: “I think he (Saunders) would prefer when crowds are back – he is very much the type of boxer that thrives on the occasion and the pressure and I just think financially the Canelo fight is not one that’s viable behind closed doors.”

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