Saunders set to vacate British and Commonwealth middleweight boxing titles

PUBLISHED: 14:42 17 December 2014 | UPDATED: 14:56 17 December 2014

Billy Joe Saunders with the British and Commonwealth belts

Billy Joe Saunders with the British and Commonwealth belts


Hatfield’s middleweight boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders could be set to vacate his British and Commonwealth titles as he guns for a world crown.

Saunders currently holds the European, British and Commonwealth straps, but is set to fight Andy Lee for the WBO world title in early 2015.

This afternoon (Wednesday) the 25-year-old Tweeted: “I’m ready to let the best of the group I’ve beaten fight it out for the British and Commonwealth belts as they are safe in the Trophy room;).”

Having defended his British title three times, Saunders has won the Lonsdale belt outright and gave it to his father Tom as a Christmas present following his victory over Chris Eubank Jnr last month.

The likes of Eubank Jnr, John Ryder, Gary O’Sullivan and Nick Blackwell will all be clambering to stake their claim for the titles if and when Saunders officially vacates them.

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