Saunders Claims He’s Not Hit His Prime
With a chance to win a second world title in as many divisions, Billy Joe Saunders jumped at the chance to hit the reset button on his career.
Fighting this Saturday night for the WBO super middleweight title, Saunders is focused on overcoming personal and professional issues, causing him to be stripped of his title and sent back to the drawing board.
“When the fight was first (offered), I jumped at the chance with Frank to sign the deal,” Saunders said of the fight’s initial set up for earlier this year. “I was a bit gutted when news came (of the title not being at stake). Frank told me to just stick with it, that something will come of it. I’m happy that it turned out that way. I’m looking forward to becoming a two-weight world champion.”
“I had a terrible 2018. I feel like my title was robbed off of me, not beaten off me by a better man who I could shake hands with and say he was the better person. We’re here today fighting for the super middleweight title.”
Standing in his way on Saturday night is Shefat Isufi, who is riding a ten fight winning streak walking into Lamex Stadium, on Saturday night in Stevenage.
Even with the move up in weight, Saunders feels that now with new coach Ben Davison, a deal with BT Sport, and being only 29, things will fall into place.
“I’m 29 now. I know I’m coming into my prime now, nobody has yet seen the best of me,” Saunders insists. “It’s up to me to show it and with BT [Sport’s] backing we can make the bigger fights and bring them over to the UK.
“He’s coming on the back of 10 straight wins, but I’m coming on the back of 27 straight wins. So, the way I look at it, there’s no other opponent I’m looking at. If I’m on my A-game, no disrespect but there’s no way he’s going to win. I’ve trained hard and I’m coming in to knock his head off.”
Look below for the full broadcast card of Saunders-Isufi
WBO super middleweight title
Billy Joe Saunders vs. Shefat Isufi
BBBofC British and Commonwealth super bantamweight title
Brad Foster vs. Ashley Lane
Joe Joyce vs. Alexander Ustinov
WBO Youth lightweight title
Boy Jones Jr vs. Shaun Cooper
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