Saunders gets title shot on Cleverly-Bellew bill

PUBLISHED: 10:25 09 September 2011 | UPDATED: 10:34 09 September 2011

Billy Joe Saunders

Billy Joe Saunders


HATFIELD boxer Billy Joe Saunders has finally got his first title shot, set for Saturday, October 15.

The 22-year-old will meet Southern Area Middleweight champion Gary Bouldon for his belt at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

The fight was originally scheduled to form part of the undercard for Kevin Mitchell’s WBO Inter-Continental contest against John Murray in London on July 16 - however that fight was put back and moved to Liverpool, and Billy Joe’s title ambitions were put on the back-burner.

Mitchell went on to triumph at the Echo Arena with an eighth-round stoppage against gritty Mancunian Murray.

Boulden has had nine fights, with a record of five wins, two defeats and two draws.

In winning the Southern Area title, he defeated Kreshnik Qato on points in a 10-rounder.

Saunders meanwhile has also fought nine times, triumphing in all nine, with six by way of stoppage.

James DeGale’s challenge for the European Super-Middleweight title will be chief support to the explosive showdown between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew on the same show.

The former British champion gets straight back into title contention against the reigning champion Piotr Wilczewski from Roztocznik in Poland on Saturday 15th October.

An action-packed undercard features Liverpool’s former British Super-Middleweight Champion Paul Smith; unbeaten Liverpool prospects Joe Selkirk, Rocky Fielding and Liam Smith, Ellesmere Port’s unbeaten talent Paul Butler; sensational prospet Ronnie Heffron from Oldham; Welsh stars Craig Evans and Tobias Webb; plus the highly anticipated professional debut of Hyde cruiserweight Danny ‘Boom Boom’ Benson.

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