Billy Joe Saunders has MISSED chance to fight Canelo Alvarez after turning down September fight, warns promoter Hopkins

BOXING legend Bernard Hopkins believes Billy Joe Saunders has turned down the chance of a lifetime in dodging Canelo Alvarez.

Despite chasing the fight for years, Saunders decided not to accept a September showdown, insisting he needed a longer fight camp.

He also insinuated that the money on offer wasn't as attractive as it should have been.

Saunders is the WBO super-middleweight world champion, but Hopkins thinks he has made a mistake in turning down Canelo.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the 55-year-old, who promotes Canelo, said: "You should always be prepared.

"Billy Joe Saunders is not a rookie in the game. Billy Joe Saunders has been in some highlighted moments.

"He understands, he had a taste of the high level.

"He missed out and there's no guarantee, especially in the world of boxing, that Saunders will get a call from anybody, pertaining a world champion, the biggest spotlight you can get – pandemic or not – opportunity."

Saunders’ boxing licence is also currently suspended while the board tries to arrange a hearing over the idiotic ‘joke’ video he made in March, instructing would-be domestic abusers how to best hit their partners.

He is also facing another battering from the British Boxing Board of Control over a warped message to Chris Eubank Jr.

The 31-year-old continued his dismal disciplinary record by mentioning his rival’s mum during a heated social media exchange last week.

It subsequently saw him banned by Twitter.

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