Billy Joe Saunders mocks Canelo Alvarez’s failed drug test during face-off

Billy Joe Saunders didn't hold back when he finally came face to face with Canelo Alvarez as the Brit mocked his rival's failed drug test in 2018.

Saunders will meet Alvarez for the WBA, WBC, WBO and Ring Magazine super-middleweight belts in Texas on Saturday night.

Earlier this week the Brit threatened to walk away from the fight over a dispute over the size of the ring but Alvarez has now relented and given the green light for a 22-foot ring to be installed.

And the rivals then came together in a heated head-to-head on Wednsesday and had to be separated after trading insults.

Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol prior to his 2018 fight with Gennady Golovkin and blamed the adverse finding on tainted meat.

And during the face-off, Saunders said: "You had loads of beef, you love the beef.

"You like that beef, yeah? You like the beef. That's good.

"You've never been in the ring with someone like me, you've never seen anyone with this heart."

Speaking earlier this week, Alvarez hit back at the accusations he tried to cheat prior to the Golovkin rematch.

He also pointed out that his opponent on Saturday night also has a blemish on his record when it comes to failed drugs tests.

Saunders tested positive for fat-burning drug oxilofrine prior to his fight against Demetrius Andrade, though the result was blamed on an inhaler.

Saunders had to vacate his middleweight belt in the aftermath, and Alvarez opted to remind boxing fans of that incident earlier this week.

He said: “It was actually him who tested positive, twice actually. In my case, it was clenbuterol, the minimum, well, the content from the meat.

“Which has been proven that now there are minimum requirements for boxers. It was actually him who tested positive twice.”

Saunders, meanwhile, is convinced he has the boxing brain to overcome the man widely considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

“This fight is all about the brain,” he said. “Not about power, muscle or skill, it’s the brain and the game plan, and being able to execute that game plan.

“I brush opinions off because I know what goes through my head and my mind, and what I have done in my career is through the will and want to win, and the day I lose that, I won’t put a pair of gloves on again.

“I have my own way of approaching the fight and Canelo will have too, he’s done this nearly 60 times. I’ll get in there as the best that I can be and that’s all I can control.

“I’ve been the underdog before, I’ve been the away fighter before, it’s not a new position, but I’m just in with a better opponent this time. "

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