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Billy Joe Saunders open to retirement

Billy Joe Saunders is not ruling out retirement from boxing.

The British fighter suffered facial injuries when he lost to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez last month and admits that the experience has made him consider his future in the sport.

Saunders told talkSPORT: "At the end of the day, I’m 31 years old, if I don’t ever wanna work again, wanna sit back, wanna chill, I can do that. And so it should be, I’ve put a lot of time into boxing and I’ve paid my dues. The sport’s been very, very good to me.

"I’m 31, I haven’t taken no punishment, I haven’t been battered from pillar to post, brain dead and can’t put a sentence together, so I need to sit back and look at my options."

Saunders admits that it would take a big fight to tempt him back into the ring and admits that his father will play an important part in his decision.

He said: "Because the options have to weigh up – the thought of me just coming in and fighting for a world rating or something, belts don’t feed the kids. Everything would have to stack up and [be] the right fight.

"Because coming down from fights like that, it’s very hard, where do you go from there. I’ll have a chat with my dad because he’ll have a big say in it. To be fair it will be more or less down to my dad in the conversation more than me if I’m honest. It’s one of them where it’s 50/50. Whether I think, I will have one more or a couple more, but they’ve gotta be the right sort of fights. If he says, ‘Leave it son, don’t go back for more,’ then that’s probably what I’ll do."

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