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Billy Joe Saunders booed relentlessly by Canelo Alvarez fans as both men gain weight ahead of unification fight


Billy Joe Saunders was relentlessly booed by Canelo Alvarez fans, but appeared completely unfazed at their weigh-in on Friday.

The Briton is clearly in enemy territory facing the Mexican in Dallas, Texas.

5,000 Canelo supporters showed up to cheer him on at the weigh-in, including nearly 70,000 expected at the AT&T stadium on Saturday night.

Only a small group of the Saunders team managed to get permission to make the trip – Tyson Fury among them. He has no traveling fans present.

“These fans are going to push me to win, these fans will not bother me,” he said after the weigh-in.

“They are all for Canelo. They are cheering him on now, but coming out they will cheer me on.

Both men successfully gained weight – Saunders at 167.8 lbs and Canelo at 167.4 lbs

The pair will face each other with three of the top four super middleweight world titles at stake.

Canelo arrives with the WBA and WBC belts, while Saunders owns the WBO title.

It emerged that the fight was in danger earlier this week when the British team said they were returning home after a row over the size of the ring.

Saunders demanded a 24-foot ring while Canelo’s team initially came up with an 18-foot version. The British then asked for 22 feet while the Mexicans insisted on 20 feet.

However, that was eventually resolved with Canelo himself stating that he didn’t care about the problem and therefore Saunders made his way with the 22-foot ring.

Billy Joe Saunders booed relentlessly by Canelo Alvarez fans as both men gain weight ahead of unification fight
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The duo faced each other for the last time before their fight[/caption]

Saunders is a huge underdog against Canelo, the man widely regarded as the pound-for-pound king of boxing and who has already won world titles in four different weight classes.

The brash Briton is however sure of the win, which he says would rank above Fury’s win over Wladimir Klitschko in Düsseldorf in 2015.

Saunders said: “This will be the biggest victory for a Briton abroad. ‘Canelo’ has beaten six Brits, I’m the last corps to eliminate because there is no one else in the super middleweight division who has a better chance than me.

“People may have different points of view, but I have my own points of view and my own vision. I’m the seventh Briton and if I don’t then I don’t think anyone can.

“So I hope that everything goes well and that the main thing is that it is a good roll of the dice because I am against the opponent. I don’t want to be against everything else either.

Follow Canelo vs Saunders live updates on talkSPORT.com on Saturday night

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