Winner takes all as Billy Joe Saunders puts WBO world middlewight title on the line against Demetrius Andrade in Boston
PUBLISHED: 08:35 27 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:45 27 August 2018
Two undefeated records will go head to head when Billy Joe Saunders defends his WBO world middleweight title for the fifth time.
The Hatfield champion will go into the bout with Demetrius Andrade at the TD Garden in Boston on October 20 with a perfect 26-0 record.
But the Rhode Island native is no slouch himself, boasting 25 straight wins, 16 by knockout, and Saunders is well aware of the challenge ahead.
“This is such a big fight,” he said. “The two main men at middleweight at the moment are GGG and Canelo and neither of them wants to fight me or Demetrius.
“There’s a lot of smoke and mist in the division right now and when it clears up I will be the man standing there.
“All jokes and trash talk aside, this is going to be a really good fight. Does anyone want to fight Demetrius? No. Does anyone want to fight me? No.
“We have to fight each other to prove who the number one guy is. Technically, we are the best two in the division, and the winner is going to be number one.
“I’m world champion, I’ve been more active and I’ve boxed the better opposition. But I have to beat this man.”
Saunders has not fought since December when he impressed on his North American debut with a dominating victory over David Lemieux in Montreal.
Injury prevented him from defending against Martin Murray in June but he is now itching to get back and show the world what he’s got.
He said: “David Lemieux is a bum, a bum. He’s not worth talking about and I don’t take any credit from beating him.
“But I’ve been in with and easily handled world-class opposition. I’ve been in with Chris Eubank Jr and dealt with him, been in with Andy Lee and dealt with him, Willie Monroe had no heart or desire to win.
“There’s too much at stake in this fight to even think about losing - and I will prove that I am number one.
“If I turn up at my 100 per cent best, it’s good enough to beat him. He’s a great fighter and he’s been avoided but our paths have crossed and we have to fight.
“The winner is number one.”
The challenger is just as excited for the contest but says he is out to prove he is the big dog in the middleweight world.
“Billy Joe is a great fighter,” he said. “An undefeated southpaw, he’s ugly looking but he can fight.
“But your boy Demetrius Andrade will always come through. Never have I failed to come out with the victory.
“I know I have the bigger dog inside me than Billy Joe and I’m going to unleash that on him on October 20.”