THE problem with putting your career on hold and essentially begging a superstar champion to fight you is that your desperation is made clear and the eventual offer, because of this, will invariably be some way short of what you had initially hoped for.
So Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith have discovered in their endless pursuit of Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, both the middleweight and light-heavyweight champion and the man of their dreams.
The two super-middleweights from Britain have been shooting Alvarez admiring glances for some time, all the while treading water in their own careers, and now, with May 2 fast approaching, are waiting with bated breath for Alvarez to make up his mind. The longer Alvarez makes them wait, of course, the better it is for him; the more likely it is he will have them dancing to his tune, both in terms of preparation time and purse offer. But a decision soon needs to be made, one way or the other, and Saunders and Smith, Canelo knows, won’t come cheap.