Billy Joe Saunders Hurts Hand, Postpones Murray Fight

Billy Joe Saunders’ plans to unify the middleweight titles will be put on hold, as the WBO titleholder has been sidelined with an injury that will keep him away from the ring till June.

Saunders, who was set to face Martin Murray on April 14th was beset by a hand injury that put not only his fight at the O2 Arena on hold, but a potential fight against the winner of the Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin as well.

The Frank Warren backed fighter claimed  in a press release that he is sorry to not only his opponent, but those looking forward to seeing him on April 14th.

“I’m gutted for Martin and I’m gutted for the fans,” said Saunders. “I felt my hand go during a session this week and sought medical advice immediately. Unfortunately I’ve been told that I can’t punch anything for four weeks so we’ve been left with no choice but to withdraw from the date.”

The fight has been rescheduled for June 23rd, back at the O2, and while Saunders is disappointed, he is focused on making it right to the fans and recovering.

“This is an extremely tough sport and these things can happen. It is vital that I’m firing on all cylinders heading into this fight but for now it’s all about recovering properly and focusing on the new June 23 date.”

Original Story: Boxing News Online

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