Billy Joe Saunders has said he is considering retirement after losing last month to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
The 31-year-old British boxer sustained a fracture of the right orbital bone during Super middleweight standardization bout on May 8 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“He’s a world-class fighter and he caught me with a world-class bullet, so you have to give the guy that credit and respect,” Saunders told talkSPORT.com in an interview published Thursday.
Saunders’ corner kick ended the fierce battle after the eighth inning and he lost for the first time in his career, falling to 30-1 with 14 knockouts.
“I had surgery. My eye socket was broken. It was broken in three places,” he said. “I have some plates. I’m like Terminator now, they made me full of metal.”
Saunders said he’s not sure if he’ll fight again when his injuries have healed, saying it should be the “right fight.”
“At the end of the day, I am 31. If I never want to work again, or want to sit down, or relax — I can do it,” he said. “And so it should be. I spent a lot of time boxing and paid my dues. The sport was very good for me…
“I’m 31, I didn’t take any punishment. I didn’t get hit from one column to the next, my brain is dead and I can’t put a sentence together, so I need to sit down and consider my options.”
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