BILLY JOE SAUNDERS has thrown down the gauntlet to Canelo Alvarez insisting he will sacrifice his purse if he loses.
The Brit, 30, was due to defend his WBO super-middleweight title against the Mexican superstar, 29, this summer until the coronavirus pandemic KO’d the clash.
With Canelo wanting to fight in September, Saunders withdrew from talks, citing an inability to train properly.
But following the news Alvarez could be forced to backdate his ring return, Saunders urged the four-division champion to face him in December.
And he is so confident the unbeaten southpaw is even prepared to go unpaid if he loses.
Saunders told iFL TV: “Listen, I’ll tell you the best thing for Canelo to do.
“Wait until December and come to a proper super-middleweight, a proper champion.
“Wait until December, then let’s go. December, we’re ready, let’s go. Fair, even playing field, no robbery.
“I’ll you what I’ll do – the money I’ve signed for, keep it. I swear to God, I’ll let you keep it.
“If he wants to come to England I’ll let him keep it and I’ll fight him for free.
“If I beat him, pay me what I’m contracted. If I don’t, don’t pay me.
“That’s how fair I can be. That’s how confident I am of beating him.”
Following the announcement Mike Tyson, 54, is set to make a sensational comeback to box Roy Jones Jr, 51, in an exhibition bout on September 12, Canelo’s return date was hijacked.
And with fans even at a reduced crowd still unable to attend events, Golden Boy Promotions concede Alvarez’s return faces further delay.
WBA super-middleweight champion Callum Smith, 30, is still the frontrunner to land the shot at the pound-for-pound star.