Footage has emerged of Billy Joe Saunders’ father being aggressively thrown to the ground by security in the immediate aftermath of Canelo Alvarez’s win.
Saunders’ corner pulled him out of the fight at the end of the eighth round, after the Brit suffered multiple fractures of the orbital bone.
He had performed admirable in the opening exchanges, with many believing he would be up on the judges’ scorecards.
However, the fight was turned on the back of one stinging Alvarez uppercut which caused serious damage to Saunders.
The 31-year-old managed to complete the round but trainer Mark Tibbs made the decision to pull his fighter with his eye almost completely closed.
And in footage recorded by the Athletic’s Mike Coppinger, saw his dad Tom attempt to make his way to the ring in the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
But shortly after hopping over the barricade a security guard is seen sprinting towards him, before pushing him to the ground.
A melee ensued with heavyweight champion Tyson Fury seen attempting to calm the chaos from behind the rails.
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Billy Joe was swiftly taken to hospital following the fight, where it was discovered he had suffered a serious fracture of the eye socket.
Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn confirmed the injury and predicted the super-middleweight would be out of action for an extended period of time.
“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,” Hearn explained.
“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%.”
Fury has also taken to social media, defending his close friend in the face of criticism from certain corners regarding the decision to pull him out.
“People love to hate on others willing to chase there [sic] dreams. @BJSaunders tried to be great last night!
“It wasn’t his night but at least he had the bottle to follow his dreams and heart.
“He will always be my bro, we go back to 15/16, what a night to remember in 30 years. Dallas.”