Eddie Hearn says eye injury sustained against Canelo Alvarez will keep Billy Joe Saunders out for a ‘long, long time’

Eddie Hearn has confirmed Billy Joe Saunders will be out ‘for a long, long time’ with an eye injury picked up his defeat to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on Saturday night.

The Brit relinquished his WBO super-middleweight title in Dallas in front of 73,000 raucous fans at the AT&T Stadium after taking a series of brutal uppercuts.

Saunders was badly hurt in the eighth round by Canelo and didn’t make it out for the ninth
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Saunders exploded out of the blocks with a ton of energy, but failed to land a scoring shot.

After Saunders’ early burst, Alvarez took control of the ring to trap the Englishman in the corner and sneak in multiple shots to the body.

Alvarez maintained the advantage throughout the early rounds, but was unable to deliver a killer blow. The momentum briefly switched in the fifth round when Saunders stunned the Mexican with a strong left hook.

However, Alvarez quickly regained his composure, outworking his opponent until he landed a flurry of head punches in the eighth round which opened up a cut below Saunders’s right eye.

Head coach Mark Tibbs made the brave decision to pull his man out of the fight in Dallas

The Briton’s corner ultimately called an end to the bout while treating the eye in-between the eighth and ninth rounds.

Speaking to iFL TV after the fight, Matchroom Boxing head honcho Eddie Hearn said Saunders’ trainer Mark Tibbs made the correct call in stopping the fight.

“You could see as soon as he [Canelo] hit him [Saunders] that he’d done his eye socket.

“I think because he couldn’t see, the next round was going to be a bad situation. I think he would have got badly hurt in that round.”

Alvarez is now the WBO, WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine world champion at super-middleweight
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“He’s gone to hospital and I believe he’ll have that operated on immediately,” he added. “So he’s going to be out for a long, long time.

“But he’s a world class fighter who lost to the pound-for-pound number one. He’s a two-weight world champion.

“If he wants to carry on there’s some big fights out there for him. He may feel he has got to a stage where he’s been there, he’s done it, he’s seen it all. We’ll back him 100 per cent.”