Billy Joe Saunders has shown little sympathy for his super-middleweight rival Canelo Alvarez.
It was revealed on Wednesday that the Mexican star has filed a lawsuit against his broadcaster DAZN, as well as his promoter Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions.
Canelo put pen to paper on a $ 365million eleven-fight deal touted as the richest in the history of sport when he signed it less than two years ago.
The agreement called for a $ 15m tune-up bout against Rocky Fielding in December 2018, followed by ten fights for a guaranteed $ 35m each.
However, after just two further bouts against Daniel Jacobs and Sergey Kovalev, problems have started to arise.
It’s claimed DAZN attempted to drastically cut the guarantee ahead of Canelo’s next fight as – among other issues – they were not happy with the level of opposition faced so far.
There are a number of disputes in play with the 30-year-old ultimately suing for two things.
First, he wants a minimum of $ 280m in damages.
Second, he wants the ability to break away from his contracts with both Golden Boy and DAZN, allowing him to become a free agent again.
Back in May, Britain’s Saunders agreed terms to face Canelo, only for the bout to be scrapped by the coronavirus pandemic.
BJS ruled himself out of contention for the Mexican’s secondary planned date of September 12, saying he would not be ready as he’d been unable to train properly during lockdown and was unhappy taking a big pay cut to fight behind closed doors.
However he then put himself back into the fray when he heard there was a chance Canelo could fight in November or December.
Now the lawsuit has everything on hold and Saunders gave his reaction on social media.
He tweeted: “Go and take your head for a s***, silly b****cks.”