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Matchroom snap up Saunders

13th August 2019, 10:34 by Tom Hill

WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has announced he has joined Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing.

The 29-year-old announced his decision to part ways with Frank Warren earlier this month and he is now hoping to chase a number of unification fights.

Saunders remains undefeated after 28 professional fights and he became a two-weight world champion in May when he beat Shefat Isufi in Stevenage.

He had previously held the WBO middleweight title but Saunders says he can now look forward to huge bouts against the likes of Callum Smith, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and Demetrius Andrade.

"This move is going to benefit me massively," Saunders told Sky Sports. "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. 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 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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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