Billy Joe Saunders’ trainer clears up controversy over ‘quit’ claims

Billy Joe Saunders' trainer Mark Tibbs has outlined his role in their defeat to Canelo Alvarez as the Brit faces accusations of quitting.

The 31-year-old saw his undefeated record ended by the Mexican in Dallas earlier this month.

Canelo won by a TKO after an uppercut in the ninth round busted open Saunders' eye and immediately caused it to swell up.

He made it to his corner but before the tenth round began Tibbs called off the fight.

Saunders, who was critical of Daniel Dubois for doing the same thing in his loss to Joe Joyce in November last year, has been ridiculed following the defeat.

But Tibbs has since clarified what occurred insisting he was responsible for his welfare and clclaredearing up the involvement of Ben Davison, Tyson Fury's former trainer.

"I just want to clarify one or two things – Ben Davison was not in our training camp," he said on Twitter.

"We saw him in the last week whilst we were winding down, I saw him on the morning of the fight in the hotel room.

"Onto the fight, during the round that Billy Joe got injured I brief my corner team that Billy's eye had got injured. I got a towel from one of them incase I needed it.

"As Billy Joe walked towards me at the end of the round I looked into his eyes, we had a little bit of dialogue, but it was between us.

"He sits down, as he sits down in the corner Ben Davidson got control and blew down his earhole. I let him have his 20 seconds because I knew what I was about to do on the state of the eye.

"So as he sat down I had some more dialogue with him, that's private, I turned round and waved the fight off as Billy Joe's trainer and head coach.

"It is as simple as that. Billy Joe needed looking after and it was my job to do that."

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