The “new” Billy Joe Saunders was very similar to the “old” Billy Joe Saunders, as he slapped his opponent, Shefat Isufi, in the face at Friday’s weigh-in.
Saunders and Isufi face off on Saturday for the vacant WBO super middleweight title, both making weight on Friday, with Saunders weighing 1.6 pounds more than Isufi, who officially weighed 167.4 pounds.
Following the weigh-in the two fighters would go nose-to-nose with the tensions high heading into the fight, and as Saunders was being moved away from the area by his team, he slapped Isufi, which saw the mandatory challenger treat it like it was nothing.
👋 Billy Joe Saunders gives Shefat Isufi a small slap at the end of their weigh-in face-off today. Vacant WBO super-middleweight title at stake tomorrow night. pic.twitter.com/48PKV5ZoJs
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) May 17, 2019
This marks Saunders’ first title-fight since being stripped of the WBO middleweight title in October, due to testing positive for the banned substance Oxilofrine prior to a fight with Demetrius Andrade.
Saunders was set to face Isufi earlier this year for an interim version of the WBO crown, but it would be for the undisputed crown after Gilberto Ramirez dropped the belt to compete at light heavyweight.