Billy Joe Saunders romps to victory against Gary O'Sullivan at Wembley Arena

PUBLISHED: 02:03 21 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:10 21 July 2013

Billy Joe Saunders shows off his new WBO Intercontinental belt

Billy Joe Saunders shows off his new WBO Intercontinental belt

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A MASTERFUL boxing performance saw Billy Joe Saunders win the WBO International Championship.

The Hatfield man had the crowd on their feet at the end of 12 classy rounds of boxing against previously undefeated Irishman Gary O’Sullivan.

On paper, this appeared to be the sternest test the 23-year-old would face as he makes his way to world class level.

Yet in reality, the contest emphasised a huge gulf in class between the two pugilists.

From the first bell, Saunders used his jab to the full effect, keeping O’Sullivan at bay while at the same time sapping the confidence of the Cork-born boxer.

Prior to the fight, Saunders had spoken of ‘levels,’ believing he was ahead of the game O’Sullivan was likely to bring to the Wembley Arena.

And so it proved, as the Hatfield hitter secured a shut-out on the judges’ scorecards getting verdicts of 120-109, 120-109, 119-110 to add the WBO International belt to his British and Commonwealth titles.

It was the perfect preparation for his highly-anticipated fight in September at the Olympic Copper Box where he squares off against another hot English talent in John Ryder.

But for now, Saunders can sit back and reflect on a job very well done, as he made a dangerous opponent look very average on a triumphant night in the nation’s capital.

In the night’s joint-headline bout, Finchley’s Derek Chisora stopped American Malik Scott in the sixth round to claim the WBO heavyweight title.

For fight report, reaction and pictures from the night, see next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.

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