Billy Joe Saunders and John Ryder come face to face at Olympic Copper Box

PUBLISHED: 17:02 30 July 2013 | UPDATED: 17:03 30 July 2013

John Ryder and Billy Joe Saunders at The Copper Box

John Ryder and Billy Joe Saunders at The Copper Box


BILLY Joe Saunders is ready to blow the roof off the Copper Box on September 21 when he goes toe to toe with John Ryder.

The Hatfield hitter was speaking at the Olympic venue ahead of his British Middleweight title defence against the unbeaten Londoner

“The Copper Box is like a giant York Hall so it will be amazing to get in the ring and box - I can’t wait to blow the roof off against a great fighter like John Ryder,” he told the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

Saunders will be looking to replicate his performance against Gary O’Sullivan, which he won unanimously on points, when he steps in the ring with Ryder.

Saunders had said prior to his last fight that he thought O’Sullivan was the better opponent but with world ranking points on the line he is not taking any chances.

“Ryder is a good, strong, come forward fighter so I’m taking the fight as seriously as any other.

“Gary O’Sullivan was in front of me so I had to take him on, which I did. Now it is Ryder who is in standing in front of me.”

Saunders versus Ryder is just one fight on a spectacular bill that promoter Frank Warren has put together for the first boxing show at the Copper Box.

Naturally, the promoter is excited about Rock the Box, which also features Derek Chisora and Frankie Gavin.

“Billy against John will be a cracking fight, pitting two unbeaten Brits against one another - that’s what the fans want to see,” he said.

“In Billy’s last fight he showed lot of maturity and boxed well. He will only get better and better.”

He added: “The Copper Box is a world class venue and I delighted that we have agreed a long term deal to bring more fights here.”

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