By Mark Elezaj
Super middleweight, Billy Joe Saunders, has signed with Matchroom Boxing.
“Welcome to the big league Billy Joe!” said promoter Eddie Hearn.
“This is a huge signing for us and the perfect place for Billy to be. Everyone in boxing knows how good Billy is and now he is going to get the chance to prove it against the elite.”
Saunders, who recently ended his partnership with promoter Frank Warren, last fought in May, beating Shefat Isufi by unanimous decision, extending his undefeated record to 28-0 (13 KOs) and winning the vacant WBO super middleweight title.
Saunders recently moved up in weight after losing his middleweight title leading into a scheduled bout with Demetrius Andrade. The fight never happened due to Saunders failing a drug test, which he claimed was caused by the use of a nasal spray.
Saunders feels the move to Matchroom Boxing will set up megafighs with Callum Smith, Demetrius Andrade, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
“This move is going to benefit me massively,” said Saunders.
“Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing can put me right out on the branch for those big fights. I’m on Golovkin and Canelo’s turf. I’ve made this move to make them fights because I’m sick of hearing their bullsh*t excuses. Those fights make financial sense and they make sense because we’re on the same network.
“I will go where the big fights are and I can fluctuate between Middle and Super-Middle. If the big fights are at Middleweight then I’ll have them at Middle. If they’re at Super-Middleweight then I’ll have them at Super. I’m a World Champion at Super-Middle so if anyone wants to come and try to win a belt then I’ve got one of the most recognised belts out there and I’m open to big offers.
“I’m going to bring a lot of excitement to Sky Sports and DAZN. I’m a good talker but I can also walk the walk. Matchroom are going to give me more publicity and more exposure for these big fights and that’s what I need. Once people see me and they see what I’m about they’ll want to see me in those big fights.
“I can’t wait to be involved in those big nights that I’ve seen Matchroom put on over the years. If that means fighting at 168lbs or 8lbs lighter then that’s no problem. I’m ready to go and I’m hoping to be out at the end of October or early November.”
Head of Sky Sports Boxing, Adam Smith, said, “I’m absolutely delighted that Billy Joe Saunders has been announced as Eddie Hearn’s latest signing for Matchroom Boxing.
“Billy Joe is a huge talent, with mouthwatering fights available at Middleweight and Super-Middleweight, including Canelo, GGG, Demetrius Andrade, Danny Jacobs and that big domestic clash with Callum Smith.
“We’re very excited to have him on Sky Sports and look forward to seeing Billy Joe involved in some massive fights in the near future.”
Hearn also added: “He holds a World title at 168 but can also make 160 comfortably and when you look at the fighters we work with across our platforms, this was an obvious link up. Fighters need to be motivated with regular dates and solid deliverable plans – now Billy finally has that you will see him shine on both sides of the Atlantic.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~