WBO Middleweight title holder Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) gave us revealing insight into his present and future plans. In a colorful newly released interview with Michelle Phelps from Behind the Gloves, the 28 year old from Hatfield, Hertfordshire, U.K. touched on a number of topics. Including the subject of his next opponent, Rhode Island challenger Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs). Their match now set for Saturday October 20th at Boston’s TD Garden.
The undefeated titlist praised Andrade as a good boxer. Further he questioned the American’s recent inactivity. And made some curious remarks regarding that along the way. Otherwise he sounds extremely confident in his prospects for this upcoming prize fight. Plus he revealed his purse will be “a nice few million” as well.
Saunders also asserted both top middleweights Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez are not inclined to meet him in the ring. He even offered personal evidence to back up his claim. Yet conceding there is a fraction of a chance they could still happen.
Beyond that, he expressed a willingness to face top contender Daniel Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) at some point. Jacobs soon facing Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) for the vacant IBF belt. A strap held by champion Golovkin prior yet vacated after he signed for the rematch with Canelo. Derevyanchenko was positioned as his mandatory opponent as ordered by the IBF at the time. Jacobs previously pushed Golovkin the distance in March 2017. Losing a close judges’ decision.
The Briton added a desire to retire at age 30 or 31. With the goal of being undisputed world champion. He pledged his loyalty to BT Sport. But showed a keen interest in working with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom. Then said a few kind words to support ally and friend Tyson Fury. As always a fascinating time hearing what he has to say. Full interview below.
By: Jacob Ellis