Olympic swimming should be Jarrod Fletcher’s next career, says Billy Joe Saunders

PUBLISHED: 13:49 24 August 2012

Billy Joe Saunders is confident of defending his Commonwealth Middleweight Championship against Jarrod Fletcher

Billy Joe Saunders is confident of defending his Commonwealth Middleweight Championship against Jarrod Fletcher


HATFIELD’S Commonwealth Light-Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders says he’ll make his Australian challenger Jarrod Fletcher quit boxing and take up swimming after their fight next month.

Unbeaten Saunders, right, who saw off his last challenger Tony Hill inside 30 seconds, is confident that he’ll knockout Fletcher to inflict the first loss on his record and that will be enough to make Fletcher hang-up his boxing gloves.

The Hatfield southpaw says that Australia’s biggest medal success at the London Olympics was in swimming where they won 10 medals, and Fletcher will be better suited to the pool instead of the ring.

“I’m training hard for this fight and I’m punching harder than ever so I hope that Fletcher is ready for what’s coming his way,” said Saunders.

“Tony Hill went inside 30 seconds and don’t be surprised if Fletcher goes even quicker when I start landing with my heavy shots.

“I really think that I’ll make him quit boxing after he’s been in the ring against me and this will be his last ever fight in a boxing ring.

“I’m sure he’s a fit and strong kid and I’d hate to finish his sports career so maybe he should look at taking up swimming where Australia had brilliant success at the Olympics.

“One thing’s for sure he’s out of his depth against me in the boxing ring and I’ll still be champion after this fight.”

Saunders goes into the fight with 14 wins in 14, with nine knockouts, whilst Fletcher has won all 12 of his seven by way of knockout.

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.

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