Canelo Alvarez claims "90 per cent" of Brits dislike rival Billy Joe Saunders

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has hit back at Billy Joe Saunders, claiming he and “90 per cent of people” in England don’t like him.

Alvarez is unimpressed by Saunders’ behaviour ahead of their super-middleweight unification showdown in the early hours of Sunday and says he has been talking “s**t” about him for years.

The pound-for-pound king and WBA Super and WBC champ has noted Saunders’ shameful antics over the years and says he does not like him.

Alvarez also claimed most people in the UK were switched off by him and said: “Ninety per cent of the people don’t like him.”

Alvarez says his antipathy for Saunders gives their clash at the AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, in Texas an extra edge.

And he has warned the unbeaten WBO title holder he has never faced anyone as good as him.

“This fight is different because he has been talking s**t about me for years,” said the Mexican ring legend.

“Before the first fight Golovkin fight, he was there talking s**t about me. That’s why this fight is different for me.

“I’m the same way I always am. My mind is calm.

“Saturday night it is going to be different for him. He’s in a different level fight now and he’s going to see what will happen. This isn’t like Martin Murray or other guys he has fought before.”

Saunders tried to rattle Alvarez at Wednesday’s face-off and he jabbed his finger in his face and taunted him saying: “You’ve never been in the ring with someone like me. You’ve never seen anybody with my heart.”

The pair had to be held apart and Alvarez replied: “You are going to see.”

Alvarez, 30, respects Saunders’ boxing ability despite his dislike of him and the Traveller is unbeaten in his 30 professional fights and a two-division world champion.

“In boxing there are hard fights and difficult fights,” he said. “This is going to be a difficult fight for me because of his style, really difficult.

“But I’m not the same guy from six years ago. I feel in my prime, I feel more comfortable, I feel more mature and have more experience in the ring. I will show it on Saturday.”

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