Frank Warren tips Billy Joe for success in the pro ranks

PUBLISHED: 11:49 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

Bill Joe Saunders with Olympic champion James DeGale and Frankie Gavin

Bill Joe Saunders with Olympic champion James DeGale and Frankie Gavin

BOXER Billy Joe Saunders has what it takes to make a big name for himself in the professional ranks. That is the opinion of Frank Warren, whose Sports Network stable have signed up the exciting 19-year-old welterweight. Herts-based Warren, whose offices

Frank Warren with his new fighters, including Billy Joe Saunders

BOXER Billy Joe Saunders has what it takes to make a big name for himself in the professional ranks.

That is the opinion of Frank Warren, whose Sports Network stable have signed up the exciting 19-year-old welterweight.

Herts-based Warren, whose offices are in Hertford, said: "I am delighted to get Billy Joe signed up.

"He is an exciting talent and a tough little fighter.

Frank Warren

"He's only young, so there's a long way to go, but I think he can develop into a superb boxer."

Warren was speaking exclusively to the WHT at the official press conference in London last week where it was revealed that Saunders, Olympic gold medallist James DeGale and Frankie Gavin were all signing with the charismatic promoter.

And Saunders was equally as complimentary about his new employer.

"I think Frank is the best promoter in Britain, if not the world.

"He will know when I am ready and I trust him completely.

"Basically, I will box whoever Frank puts in front of me," said the Hatfield hitter.

He added: "If he says I'm fighting them then that is what I will do, no questions."

Unfortunately for Billy Joe, he will leave the amateur scene with a bitter taste in his mouth after a turbulent few months.

He returned from an emotional exit from the Beijing Olympics to find a letter awaiting him notifying of a suspension from the ABA.

The charge related to an incident which occurred prior to the Games where Saunders was accused of 'lewd behaviour'.

The father-of-one was given a warning by the organisation on appeal, and has felt that for some time the support structure for fighters was lacking.

He said: "I believe I have made the best decision for me at this time.

"There was no programme set out by the ABA for any of us, and with Terry Edwards set to leave, I felt I had to move on in my career.

"What happened with my suspension, and all the uncertainty over Terry's position has led to me thinking long and hard about my future, and in the end the pro-road is the best for me.

"My dream one day is to be a world champion, and in Frank Warren I believe I've got the right man who can lead me there."

Saunders will be part of a special 'roadshow' along with Olympic champion DeGale and Birmingham fighter Gavin.

The boxers will fight all around the country, labelled as 'The Olympians', and the first stop is scheduled to be in Birmingham or London in February.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times