The ramifications of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez receiving such a light sentence when it came to his two failed drugs tests continue.
The latest to step forward and condemn the paltry six-month ban is the WBO world middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders.
Saunders, who is set to defend his title against Martin Murray in his next fight, has been critical of the ‘soft’ treatment handed out to the Mexican, remarking to the media,
“When you see people enhancing their body to do more damage on someone, I think that’s cheating and it should be a ban for life.
“I think it’s a disgrace for boxing.”
Indeed, a view we here at Vital Boxing share.
Continuing, Saunders also had this to say,
“You get these young fighters coming up now, they’re looking at Canelo, looking at what he’s got and what he’s become. Are they going to think ‘we can do that, we can get away with a six-month ban?
“I rated Canelo very highly but now he’s gone down in my estimations so much. I don’t rate him as a fighter at all.”
Perhaps not, but I wonder, somewhere down the line, if Saunders and Alvarez might meet in a big-money fight?