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“He was a Metre Away from me”: Mark Tibbs Shares Horrific Eye Poke Incidents of Billy Joe Saunders

Billy Joe Saunders in the ring after defeating Marceleo Coceres in their WBO World Super-Middleweight Championship fight at Staples Center on November 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

A lot has been said about Billy Joe Saunders following his maiden career loss at the AT&T Stadium. Despite being comfortable in the initial rounds, ‘Superb’ suffered a right eye injury, prompting his corner to wave off the fight.

However, several theories regarding the decision have piled up, and many fans have accused the former champion of quitting the bout.

Hence, Billy Joe Saunders’ head trainer, Mark Tibbs, has shed light on the whole situation. He admitted to making the entire decision on the fight night and opened up about Saunders’ injury.

Tibbs said, “I see the eye blackened all of a sudden, in the round, it happened after the right uppercut. I saw the eye just go black, it wasn’t swollen, it just went black. When the round ended, Billy Joe walked towards me and I was right in there.”

“After the fight, in the round, during the round, Billy Joe got injured. I briefed my corner team that Billy’s eyes are injured and I got a towel from one of them. In case I needed it.”

As Billy Joe walked towards me, at the end of the round, I looked directly to his eyes. We had a little bit of dialogue, but it was between us. He sat down, spun around, and I believe one of my corner team was in his earhole and that wasn’t very wise.”

Canelo Alvarez punches Billy Joe Saunders during their fight.

MAY 08: Canelo Alvarez punches Billy Joe Saunders during their fight for Alvarez’s WBC and WBA super middleweight titles and Saunders’ WBO super middleweight title at AT&T Stadium on May 08, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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It’ll be tough for Billy Joe Saunders

Head coach Tibbs made the correct call to pull his man out and stresses the most important thing now is to allow the former champion to recover surrounded by his loved ones.

Meanwhile, the former WBO champion, who suffered an orbital fracture, will remain out of action for months. Now, 30-1 as a professional, Saunders will try to regain his lost throne. Hence, it can put him against Canelo Alvarez again.

So, Billy Joe Saunders still has plenty of cards left on his deck.


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