Argentinian test for Billy Joe Saunders in Los Angeles

PUBLISHED: 13:24 10 October 2019 | UPDATED: 13:25 10 October 2019

Billy Joe Saunders will defend his WBO super-middleweight title on the KSI v Logan Paul II show in Los Angeles. Picture: DANNY LOO

Billy Joe Saunders will defend his WBO super-middleweight title on the KSI v Logan Paul II show in Los Angeles. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Billy Joe Saunders’ first defence of his WBO super-middleweight title will be against another undefeated fighter.

He will face Argentinian Marcelo Esteban Coceres on November 9 in Los Angeles, the Hatfield boxer's first fight on American soil.

And it promises to be a tough battle against the 28-year-old Coceres who has won 28 of his 29 contests across various weights, with one bout ending in a draw,

But all of those fights were in his home country and Saunders says he just has to stay focused.

He said: "Coceres is a tough, world-class operator, an unbeaten fighter and I certainly feel the pressure to outperform him and look good on such a massive platform.

"Training is going very well, I just have to get the job done."

Promoter Eddie Hearn believes victory can propel the 30-year-old into mega-stardom across the pond.

He said: "He is right in the mix for all the big fights in 2020 but he can't slip up here and if he can make a statement against Coceres then I truly believe he will land a monster in the first half of next year."


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