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Mark Tibbs deemed his fighter in no position continue, waving off the fight to the concern of Billy Joe's father, Tom.
Watching on from the first row along with the rest of team - including Tyson Fury, Tom attempted to break the barrier and attend to his son.
people love to hate on others willing to chase there dreams, @bjsaunders_ tried to be great last night! it wasn't his night but at least he had the bottle to follow his dreams & heart :heart:, he will always be my bro :sunglasses: we go back to 15/16, what a night to remember in #30years dallas pic.twitter.com/sOVMRsBFyU
- TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) May 9, 2021
But he was stopped from entering the ring after security pushed him over, sparking a wild brawl.
Other members of Team Saunders raced to the incident in ugly scenes, with WBC world heavyweight champion Fury trying his best to defuse the situation without getting involved in the actual melee.
Wild scene last night as Tom Saunders, concerned about his son Billy Joe Saunders as fight is stopped, attempts to make way to ring to check on him only to be aggressively pushed by security. Totally out of line from security, IMO #CaneloSaunders pic.twitter.com/4Uw2V18pyh
- Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) May 9, 2021
Promoter Eddie Hearn said Saunders stayed in Dallas to undergo surgery on his damaged eye.
Just at hospital in Dallas, @bjsaunders_ stayed in overnight. Suffered multiple fractures to orbital area and will undergo surgery this afternoon.
- Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) May 9, 2021
Speaking after the super-middleweight unification bout, the Matchroom boss explained: "You could see as soon as he [Canelo] hit him [Saunders] that he'd done his eye socket.
"I think because he couldn't see, the next round was going to be a bad situation. I think he would have got badly hurt in that round.
"He's gone to hospital and I believe he'll have that operated on immediately.
"So, he's going to be out for a long, long time."
According to Eddie Hearn, Billy Joe Saunders busted his eye socket and his trainer refused to let him go back out. pic.twitter.com/72eH1e4tCC
- DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) May 9, 2021
Hearn added: "But he's a world class fighter who lost to the pound-for-pound number one. He's a two-weight world champion.
"If he wants to carry on there's some big fights out there for him. He may feel he has got to a stage where he's been there, he's done it, he's seen it all.
"We'll back him 100 per cent."
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