‘Legacy-defining’ fight could happen this year for Billy Joe Saunders says Warren

PUBLISHED: 16:11 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:53 17 April 2018

Billy Joe Saunders could face Gennady Golovkin in the autumn according to Frank Warren. Picture: SCOTT HEAVEY/PA

Billy Joe Saunders could face Gennady Golovkin in the autumn according to Frank Warren. Picture: SCOTT HEAVEY/PA

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Billy Joe Saunders’ dream fight against Gennady Golovkin has moved a step closer according to his promoter Frank Warren.

Hatfield’s WBO middleweight champion has long had his sights on the holder of the WBA, WBC and IBF straps in what would be a huge title unification bout.

And when news that Golovkin’s rematch with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on May 5 in Las Vegas had been cancelled due to the Mexican’s withdrawal, rumours abounded that Saunders would step in as a late replacement.

But while Warren ruled that out, stating that Saunders will still face Michael Murray at the O2 Arena as planned in his fourth defence, he did admit that talks had begun about a fight with the Kazakh fighter later in the year.

He said: “I’ve spoken with Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler and Golovkin v Saunders is in play for this autumn.

“May 5 was never going to happen because of Bill’s hand injury and Golovkin’s team are going ahead with a fight on that date so he couldn’t make a fight in June.

“Bill will definitely be defending his belt against Martin Murray on June 23.

“If he comes through his fight against Martin then we are hoping he will get the chance to unify the middleweight division against Golovkin in the autumn.

“That would be a huge fight and one we would love to make here in the UK.

“Golovkin has said many times that he wants to add the WBO belt to his collection and it’s a fight that Bill would jump at.

“There should be no problem making it; on paper it is a brilliant fight and one fans have been calling for.

“This is a fight that will define Bill’s legacy and I genuinely believe he will win.

“If anyone can beat Golovkin then it’s Bill.

“He has the style and the boxing skills but first he has to deal with Martin in June.”

Saunders was originally due to fight Murray last Saturday but had to postpone the fight due to an hand injury.

He had sought medical advice but had been told not to punch anything for four weeks.

Tickets for Saunders v Murray are priced form £40 (tier) through to £300 (hospitality) and are still available to purchase via www.axs.com


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