Saunders tips Canelo to beat Cotto in Las Vegas

PUBLISHED: 13:27 19 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:27 19 November 2015

Billy Joe Saunders and trainer Jimmy Tibbs at the press conference

Billy Joe Saunders and trainer Jimmy Tibbs at the press conference

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Billy Joe Saunders is tipping Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez to beat Miguel Cotto in Saturday’s mega fight in Las Vegas, but admits he would love to see Cotto win as he wants to fight him in the future.

Hatfield boxer Saunders has his own world title shot when he faces WBO world middleweight champion Andy Lee at Manchester Arena on December 19 and he’ll be paying close attention as to who emerges the victor from the Puerto Rican-Mexican shoot-out as it impacts on the talent packed 160lb division ruled by Gennady Golovkin.

Saunders thinks favourite Alvarez will come out on top.

“I believe that Alvarez will be too fresh for Cotto,” said the Hertfordshire fighter.

“He’s got too much on his side like youth, strength and speed and I think Cotto may be just on the slide now.

“I think Alvarez will win by late stoppage, but it’s going to be a cracking fight.

“There’s a side of me that would like to see Cotto win because he was my favourite fighter as a kid and I would have like to have fought a great like him.

“Maybe I still could down the line, but first things first with me and I want to win that WBO World title from Lee,” added Saunders.

Frank Warren’s end of year title extravaganza ‘X-Mas Cracker’ is headlined by two massive world title showdowns with Lee defending his title against Saunders and WBO World Super-Welterweight champion Liam Smith making his first title defence against Jimmy Kelly.

Six further titles are on the line with former Welwyn Garden City Boxing Club ace Mitchell Smith defending his WBO Intercontinental Super-Featherweight title against George Jupp; Paul Butler challenges for the vacant WBO European Super-Flyweight Championship against Silvio Olteanu; Tommy Langford defends his WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Championship; Commonwealth Super-Welterweight champion Liam Williams and Kris Carslaw clash with the vacant British title also on the line; Jack Catterall defends his WBO Intercontinental Super-Lightweight Championship, and Adrian Gonzalez defends his WBO Intercontinental Lightweight Championship. Plus the undercard features Merseyside favourite Derry Mathews and Indian superstar Vijender Singh.

Tickets are priced at £40, £50, £75, £100, £200 and £300 are available from: www.frankwarren.com, TicketMaster on 0844 844 0444 and via

www.ticketmaster.co.uk, Eventim 0844 249 1000 or www.eventim.co.uk, Manchester Arena 0161 950 5000/0161 950 5229 (disabled access bookings) www.manchester-arena.co.uk.

The Channel Of Champions, BoxNation, will televise Cotto v Alvarez and Lee v Saunders live and exclusive on Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 415. Subscribe at www.boxnation.com or watch online at Livesport.tv and via iPhone, iPad or Android.


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