Saunders Returns To London On April 14th
Following his dominant victory over David Lemieux in December, Billy Joe Saunders will return to his home country to defend his WBO world middleweight title against Martin Murray on April 14th.
The 2008 Olympian will hope that another convincing win at the O2 Arena in London will set up a superfight against the winner of the Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez rematch this autumn.
For Murray, who has lost his three previous world title fights, knows he is unlikely to get another opportunity if he is beaten again this time around.
In a press release announcing the fight, Saunders was complimentary of his opponent.
“Martin Murray is a good fighter and I have got the greatest of respect for him. But he’s in the way of what I’m aiming for this year and that is to become Undisputed Middleweight World Champion. He’s coming try and win my world title and I’m sure it’s going to be a good fight!”
Murray coming off a win against Gabriel Rosado, is someone who many feel should have taken the Middleweight World Championship against both Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm, but lost due to the judges.
Murray is confident in his chances, but won’t out right insult the defending title holder.
“I rate Billy Joe as a fighter, he’s one of slickest out there and he is coming off of a great win and will be very confident. But I’m very confident, this is my time to become World Champion, as it’s the only thing I have left to do.”
“I’ve fought everyone and in my opinion at Middleweight I have only one genuine loss which is against Gennady Golovkin who is the best out there.”
“I don’t count Martinez or Sturm as genuine losses because of the scorecards. But this time around, in my first World Title fight at home, as we are both British fighters fighting on home soil, I know the best man on the night will get the win and leave the arena as World Champion.”