Billy Joe Saunders back in training and raring to go ahead of WBO World Middleweight title clash with Andy Lee in December

PUBLISHED: 14:28 22 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:28 22 October 2015

Andy Lee, Frank Warren, Billy Joe Saunders and Liam Smith at the press conference

Andy Lee, Frank Warren, Billy Joe Saunders and Liam Smith at the press conference

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Hatfield’s Billy Joe Saunders says he is back in training and chomping at the bit for his WBO World Middleweight Title clash with champion Andy Lee set for Saturday, December 19 at the Manchester Evening News Arena.

The fight, first due to take place back on September 19 in Lee’s hometown of Limerick, has twice been postponed due to the Irishman suffering from a virus and Saunders sustaining a cut above his right eye in training.

Promoter Frank Warren says there will be a WBO World Middlewight Title fight on the “Christmas Cracker” show in Manchester regardless of if one of the two men were to pull out again prior to the clash and number one contender Saunders knows it is time to focus.

Speaking at this morning’s [Thursday] press conference at the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone, London, Saunders said: “I’ve been back in training three weeks and I’m feeling good.

“The injury setback wasn’t great but it’s behind us now and we can’t wait to step things up.

“This is a massive fight and one I am 100 per cent focussed on. This fight has to happen. I don’t regretting stepping aside [for Lee’s non-title bout with American Peter Quillin in April]. I fought [Chris] Eubank Junior and beat him and it felt like a fight I needed to do. Now it’s on to Andy and Manchester.”

Rumours are swirling of a unification fight with Kazakhstan superstar Gennady Golovkin, the current, unified WBA, IBF, WBC and IBO middleweight champion, for the eventual winner at the MEN Arena, but both men know it is a long way off.

Saunders continued: “It would be amazing to fight Golovkin for the belt because it would be big money. Boxing is after all a money sport. If the money was right I would fight him.”

Lee also dismissed rumours his camp have been in touch with Golovkin’s people regarding a future world title bout.

“It’s certainly not true that we’ve been talking to them about a fight. It’s a fight that’s an option down the road but for the moment, all we’re thinking about is Billy Joe.

“This fight is going to be a throwback to the old-style fights and one that fans will be clamouring to see, We will both give it our all.”


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