Billy Joe Saunders v Emanuele Blandamura purse bid won by Frank Warren

PUBLISHED: 16:43 11 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:56 11 March 2014

Billy Joe Saunders

Billy Joe Saunders

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Promoter Frank Warren today [Tuesday] won the purse bids for the vacant European Middleweight Championship between Billy Joe Saunders and Emanuele Blandamura.

The purse bids were held at the EBU head office in Rome and Warren, Saunders’ promoter, outbid Salvatore Cherchi from OPI 2000, promoter of Blandamura, to stage the fight.

A date and venue will be announced for the fight shortly.

Warren is delighted to secure home advantage for his fighter and the chance for Hatfield’s Saunders to add the European title to his British, Commonwealth and WBO International belts.

“It’s an ambition of Billy’s to win the big three titles, the European, British and Commonwealth, before going on to challenge for the world title so I’m delighted to win the purse bids today and give him the opportunity to fulfill his dream.

“I’ve promoted Billy since he turned professional after the Beijing Olympics and it’s been fantastic to see him develop from a prospect into a champion and now he’s just a few fights from a world title,” said Warren.

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