Last week, Billy Joe Saunders announced that he ended his longtime promotional relationship with promoter Frank Warren.
On Tuesday, Matchroom Boxing made the shocking announcement that Saunders is joining their stable of fighters effective immediately.
Saunders, the current WBO super middleweight champion, had been one of the most dominant fighters at middleweight until a chaotic 2018, that saw him stripped of his WBO title due to failing a drug test due to what Saunders claimed was a nasal spray.
On top of that, Saunders recorded and put on social media a video of him taunting and degrading a homeless woman, saying that he and his associates would buy her drugs in exchange for her attacking a random person.
Now, Saunders has been looking to redeem himself, partnering with Tyson Fury’s trainer Ben Davison, and made the move to join Eddie Hearn’s team.
“This move is going to benefit me massively,” said Saunders during Tuesday’s press conference. “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[weight]. 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 recognized belts out there and I’m open to big offers.”
“Welcome to the big league Billy Joe,” Eddie Hearn told Saunders during the presser. “This is a huge signing for us and the perfect place for Billy to be.
“Everyone in boxing knows how good Billy is and now he is going to get the chance to prove it against the elite.
“He holds a world title at 168, but can also make 160 comfortably and when you look at the fighters we work with across our platforms, this was an obvious link up.