‘How dare you call yourself a champion… you’re an EMBARRASSMENT to the sport’: Ex-WBA middleweight champion Fernando Vargas tears into Billy Joe Saunders for quitting fight against Canelo Alvarez as he dismisses Brit’s eye fracture as a ‘little scratch’
Billy Joe Saunders has been labelled an ’embarrassment’ to the sport of boxing and accused of ‘not being a man’ after he quit on his stool against Canelo Alvarez.
The 31-year-old was hit by a vicious uppercut in the eighth round of the blockbuster fight inside Dallas’ AT&T Stadium, causing his eye to dramatically swell up, before it closed.
Saunders suffered multiple fractures of the orbital bone before his corner called the fight – but former WBA middleweight champion Fernando Vargas was less than impressed at the Brit’s finish.
Billy Joe Saunders (left) has been called an ’embarrassment’ for quitting against Canelo (right)
Former WBA middleweight champion Fernando Vargas took to Instagram to accuse Saunders of ‘quitting like a female dog’ and for pulling out of the fight over ‘a little scratch’ to his eye
‘You’re really going to freaking quit like a V, like a v****a,’ Vargas said on Instagram, tagging a wounded Saunders in his video rant.
‘You’re really going to do that? “Oh, my eye.” Come on, Vato (Spanish slang for a man), really? Unbelievable. How dare you call yourself a champion.
‘You quit like a female dog. How dare you do that. You’re an embarrassment to the sport and to all men because you’re not even a man. You should be embarrassed.’
Vargas, who retired with a professional fight record of 26 wins and five defeats, was known as a boxer who withstood punishment.
Canelo (left) caught Saunders with a brutal uppercut in the eighth round to cause the injuries
Vargas reflected on his own fighting experience and used a photo of his eye incredibly swollen
As his rant about Saunders’ performance continued he claimed he is ‘built different’ and that the Brit’s injuries were no more than a ‘little scratch’, despite him needing to attend hospital after the fight.
‘Vatos like me are just BUILT DIFFERENT than you. Vatos that say you will ‘DIE IN THE RING,’ and end up quitting for a little scratch or cut in your eye,’ Vargas added.
‘What are you Vatos doing in the sport?’
In contrast to Vargas’ opinion, Saunders’ promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that the super-middleweight would be out of the ring for a ‘long, long time’ due to his eye fracture, stressing the seriousness of the impact.
‘He’s gone to hospital and I believe he’ll have that operated on immediately. So he’s going to be out for a long, long time,’ Hearn said.
Saunders’ (left) corner threw in the towel after round eight due to the Briton’s eye injury
Eddie Hearn has said that his man will have an operation on a suspected fractured eye socket
‘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.
‘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.’
Speaking in the ring immediately after the fight, a jubilant Alvarez said: ‘I said it would be around round eight.
‘I think I broke his cheek and I knew he wasn’t going to come out.
‘I told my corner he’s not coming out because I broke his cheek. It was not as difficult as I expected and that is because of my preparation. I have the best trainer, I prepare. He says “do this” and I do it.’