BILLY JOE SAUNDERS is just trying to cash in with his calls to face middleweight king Gennady Golovkin.
That is the view of two-time world title challenger Gabriel Rosado, who was close to fighting Saunders this weekend in Dallas on the undercard of Liam Smith’s clash with Saul Alvarez.
WBO middleweight champion Saunders turned down the fight which could have led to a possible clash with Alvarez later this year.
Now the British fighter is fighting on October 29 in Manchester and calling out WBA, IBF and WBC champion Golovkin, who stopped Kell Brook in five rounds on Saturday, for a future fight instead.
But Philadelphia-born Rosado – who lost to Golovkin in 2013 in one of his nine defeats – reckons unbeaten Saunders is just happy to take a loss against the Kazakh destroyer for the money.
He said: “He is only calling out Golovkin because it is a pay day. He knows Golovkin wants that belt bad.
“He wants that really bad so they will offer a few million and he thinks ‘I’ll take that ass whopping for a couple of mill’. That is the reason.
“They will give him three or four million for that belt. He is just capitalising.”
Rosado faces another Golovkin victim this weekend in Willie Monroe Jnr and still hopes of facing Saunders one day.
But he also blasted the Brit for not acting “like a true champion” and believes he does not want to become a star in the States like compatriots Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe.
“Billy Joe has no interest in defending the title, he just wants to capitalise on making money off the title,” the American said.
“If he wanted to defend the title like a true champion, he would have came to the States like Calzaghe and Hatton and He would have proved to the American people he is a star.
“He chooses to hold the title hostage and he wants to capitalise and make money.
“He didn’t want to fight me. He said ‘what do I get out of beating Rosado?’ but what does he mean?
“You get a chance to fight the winner of Canelo against Smith. You get to show America who you are.
“If you want to be a star, all the big guys from Britain when they wanted to be stars they came to America .
“What it says about him? It shows he is not interested in his legacy or defending titles. He is just interested in making a cheque.”