Saunders Issues Apology For Pulling Out Of Martin Fight
A day after Martin Murray announced that Billy Joe Saunders had pulled out of their planned June 23rd title fight, Saunders has released a statement to express his side of the story.
The current WBO middleweight champion suffered an injury to his hamstring at a training session, and expressed his frustration for having to postpone the fight for a second time.
Saunders said: ‘I am sorry to Martin and the fans for the inconvenience this has caused them. I know Martin has put himself through two hard camps now and I am hugely sorry that I’ve let both him and the fans down and prevented a great fight from happening.
“It has been a tough time with injuries through the past few months but at this level against a top operator like Martin Murray you cannot risk going into a fight less than 100%. But I do appreciate the fans support and I know Frank will be looking to get me back in the ring as soon as possible when I’m fit to fight.’
Saunders last fought in December 2017, when he decimated David Lemieux, in the latter’s hometown of Montreal.
“I’ve seen rumors that Billy isn’t injured but he is a fighting man and there’s no way he would pull out unless he had to,” claimed Saunders’ promoter Frank Warren,
“It’s a shame after the devastating performance against Lemieux last Christmas as this was a chance for Billy to keep momentum as we continue to chase big fights for him. Martin may still feature on the card and we are working day and night trying to put something together and we will let the fans know news on this when we’ve had a chance to look at all options”.
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