Billy Joe Saunders has confirmed he suffered a damaged eye socket and cheek bone in three locations as he issued his first assertion since his devastating stoppage defeat by the hands of Canelo Alvarez.
Saunders relinquished his WBO super-middleweight title in Dallas after a sequence of brutal uppercuts left unable him unable to see out of his proper eye – leading to his nook dropping by the wayside on the finish of the eighth spherical.
In an announcement on Fb, the previous two-division world champion wrote: “Thanks everybody for messages.
“Damaged eye socket and damaged cheek bone in three locations. Operation yesterday all went properly.
“You win some, you lose some. Didn’t really feel out of my league however acquired caught with an excellent shot and couldn’t see.
“Ben [Davison] acquired the nook to tug it. Thanks to all who watched. I’ll be again, God bless you all.”
Explaining the choice to cease the combat, coach Mark Tibbs instructed Behind the Gloves: “His eye socket was caved in and he couldn’t see.
“I didn’t get the response from him so, . It’s irritating, actually, as a result of I felt that he was rising into it. However I needed to pull it.”
“He by no means mentioned, ‘No, that’s it,’ he left it to me,” the skilled coach added. “He took it properly, however he was in ache. The attention socket was gone and he was in ache.”
Saunders’ promoter Eddie Hearn beforehand revealed that the 31-year-old is going through a prolonged spell out and mentioned he could by no means combat once more.
“He shall be out for a protracted, very long time,” Hearn mentioned.
“He could resolve to retire, saying he’s received his two world titles so completed all he wished in boxing.”