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Billy Joe Saunders graphically describes how he felt when Canelo Alvarez fractured his orbit with a brutal right uppercut


Billy Joe Saunders told talkSPORT he physically felt his eye drop when Canelo fractured his orbit that supported him at the end of their fight last month.

The Briton suffered his first defeat as his corner ended the game due to the injury sustained in the eighth round.

Canelo fractured Saunders’ orbit with a right uppercut and did not come out on lap ninth
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The 31-year-old told White and Jordan on talkSPORT: “When I was hit I was hit by the shot and I remember it very, very clearly.

“I was like, ‘Ooh, this is a good shot, this is a good shot.’

“And I started to bounce, but my eye had fallen under my eyelid.

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

Billy Joe Saunders graphically describes how he felt when Canelo Alvarez fractured his orbit with a brutal right uppercut
Saunders’ injury was visible in the second half of the eighth round
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“It’s a bad injury, an injury I thought I would never get, but you never know what’s going to happen in boxing.

“You never think this is going to happen to you, do you?”

“It’s not so much the black eye, because if the top of your eyelid swells and the eyebrow swells 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 enter my eye.”

Billy Joe Saunders graphically describes how he felt when Canelo Alvarez fractured his orbit with a brutal right uppercut
Her cornerman put the swollen iron on her injured eye
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The fight was stopped between rounds and Saunders was quickly rushed to hospital.

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

“I have plates, I’m like Terminator now, they have me full of metal …

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

“A minute and 20 seconds is good to fight the average man, but when you fight the best man on the planet I could easily have pulled out, but I never did.”

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

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