Saunders Looks At 2019 As his Year
Following a year where he’d lose his title and face a horrendous scandal, Billy Joe Saunders looks at 2019 as a bounce back year.
Saunders would suffer numerous setbacks in 2018, where he’d not step into the ring due to injuries and being denied a license for an “adverse analytical finding” in a VADA test, Saunders vacated his WBO middleweight title after his fight against Demetrius Andrade would be cancelled.
Now, at 29-years-old, Saunders feels it is time for him to deliver for those who believed in him..
“When I turned pro, my goal was to become a millionaire and be out of the sport at 31,” he told the Evening Standard. “My best asset is my movement. From 29 to 31 you are at your absolute peak. Sometimes that window shuts for people.
“I’ve done all right but I have been sensible with my money. I have earned more money in property than from boxing. But without boxing, I wouldn’t have had the money to invest. I’ve done alright.
“If I wanted to retire now at 29, I could and still be comfortable. But no one has seen the best of me yet and that’s the worrying thing for me; will I ever get that chance?”
He added: “I don’t feel the world is against me. I am not important enough for the world to be against me, but people were within their rights to have a little kick when I was down.
“You can do a million things wrong, you can be called all sorts of things, but do something right and sometimes you capture the imagination. In boxing, where you have to do right is inside those ropes. Do that and people will warm to you.
“My goal this year is to show people what I have got. If they like me, they like me. If they don’t, I can’t control that. I’m doing this for myself and my family.”
Quotes Via Fox Sports Asia