Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo Alvarez came face to face for the first time ahead of their epic clash inside AT&T this weekend. Needless to say, it was an intense face-off that saw both the boxers have a brief exchange of words during the face-off which has added more drama to the bout. However, Joe Saunders grabbed the attention of fans for a very weight reason. Billy Joe Saunders appeared in a Versace robe and the famous wardrobe quickly became the topic of several tweets, reminding fans about the dreaded curse associated with wearing that robe before a fight.
Since the curse exists in MMA, fans are speculating whether Billy Joe Saunders will fall prey to the curse of the Versace robe ahead of the biggest fight of his boxing career. Many fans of both sports believe that Billy Joe Saunders could lose to Canelo Alvarez because UFC fighters have lost in their next fight after donning the famous Versace robe.
What is the curse of the Versace robe?
In combat sports, the Versace robe has been the talk of the town ever since Floyd Mayweather wore it ahead of his bouts. The curse had nothing on Floyd Mayweather who retired undefeated inside the ring. However, it has been the talk of the town in the world of mixed martial arts.
In the past, fighters like Conor McGregor, Jorge Masvidal, Israel Adesanya have appeared the Versace robe, with all of them losing their next fight. McGregor appeared in the robe ahead of his epic clash against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. While many anticipated McGregor to get the victory, the Notorious suffered a fourth-round submission loss, his first in the lightweight division.
Israel Adesanya appeared in the same robe during an interview with the SportsCenter ahead of his super fight against Jan Blachowicz. Israel Adesanya failed to get his hands at the light-heavyweight title, losing to Blachowicz via unanimous decision. In the process, Adesanya also suffered the first loss of his professional MMA career.
Jorge Masvidal looks like to be the most impacted by the Versace curse. Masvidal made an appearance in the robe during UFC 246 which also marked McGregor’s return to the Octagon. Masvidal would go on to lose his next fight, which was a short-notice match-up against Kamaru Usman at UFC 251. Subsequently, he would suffer the stoppage loss of his MMA career at the hands of Usman in the rematch at UFC 261.