Billy Joe Saunders’ title defence switched from Wembley Arena to York Hall

PUBLISHED: 11:46 02 August 2012

Billy Joe Saunders is to return to the ring at York Hall, where he is pictured here after beating Alex Spitko

Billy Joe Saunders is to return to the ring at York Hall, where he is pictured here after beating Alex Spitko


HATFIELD boxer Billy Joe Saunders’ Commonwealth Middleweight Championship defence on September 14 will now be the headline act at York Hall.

His fight with Australian Jarrod Fletcher was originally a support bout at Wembley Arena prior to a clash involving British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves.

However, the event has switched venues and will now take place at York Hall following the withdrawal of Groves.

Former Olympian Saunders will now top the bill with a mandatory defence of his belt, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Saunders won his title in stunning style back in April with a devastating early stoppage against Tony Hill at the Royal Albert Hall, before registering an impressive points victory against former champion Bradley Pryce in his first defence in June.

Saunders however, will have to put in a career best performance to overcome Australia’s mandatory challenger who also boasts an impressive amateur background that includes a win over Olympic gold medallist James DeGale.

The rest of the card for September 14 remains unchanged.

Chief support comes in the form of Penge Welterweight Bradley Skeete’s first pro title challenge, as he challenges Chas Symonds for his Southern Area Welterweight Championship.

While Enfield Super-Middleweight Frank Buglioni gets his sixth pro outing, as he looks to build on the impressive early form that has got many industry insiders earmarking him as one to watch.

Also in action are some of the London Area’s most exciting unbeaten prospects Mitchell Smith, formerly of Welwyn Garden City Boxing Club, Gary Corcoran, Billy Morgan and Ediz Hussain.

Tickets for the event will now be priced at £40 (unreserved) and £60 (reserved), and are available at the Frank Warren Promotions box office on 01992 505 550.

All tickets that have been already purchased for Wembley Arena can be exchanged by Frank Warren Promotions for the new venue.

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