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Sports : Billy Joe Saunders graphically describes how it felt when Canelo Alvarez fractured his eye socket with brutal right uppercut

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Billy Joe Saunders has told talkSPORT that he physically felt his eye drop down when Canelo fractured the socket supporting it at the end of their fight last month.

The Brit endured his first defeat as his corner ended the contest due to the injury suffered in the eighth round.

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Canelo fractured Saunders’ eye socket with a right uppercut and he did not emerge for round nine

The 31-year-old told White and Jordan on talkSPORT: “When I got hit, I got hit with the shot and I remember it very, very clearly.

“I thought, ‘Ooh, that’s a good shot, that’s a good shot.’

“And I started bouncing about, but my eye had dropped down beneath my lid.

“I could see like two or three all the time and I realised after 30 seconds it wasn’t my legs, it was my eye.

The injury to Saunders was visible in the second half of round eight

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The injury to Saunders was visible in the second half of round eight

“It’s a bad injury, an injury I thought I would never get, but you never know what’s gonna happen in boxing.

“You never think it’s gonna happen to you, do you?

“It’s not so much the black eye because if the top of your lid’s swelling up and the eyebrow’s swelling up like a house brick – as long as you can still see, it doesn’t matter.

“But [with mine], the cutman tried to put the iron on it in the corner.

“I felt the iron go in my eye.”

His cornerman put the swelling iron on his injured eye

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His cornerman put the swelling iron on his injured eye

The fight was stopped in between rounds and Saunders was quickly taken to hospital.

“I went into surgery,” he explained, “I had a broken eye socket, it was broken in three places.

“I’ve got some plates, I’m like Terminator now, they’ve got me full of metal…

“I boxed a minute and 20 seconds with a broken eye socket, a broken cheekbone in three places.

“A minute and 20 seconds is alright fighting the average man, but when you’re fighting the best man on the planet, I could’ve easily opted out but I never.

“That was the cornerman’s decision. It is what it is, I can’t argue with that.”





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