Billy Joe Saunders signs deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing to open the door to mega-fights with Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez after cutting ties with Frank Warren
- Matchroom Boxing sign WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders
- The 29-year-old has ended his long relationship with promoter Frank Warren
- Saunders previously won titles at middleweight and super-middleweight
- He has targeted mega-fights against Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez
Billy Joe Saunders has cut ties with promoter Frank Warren and joined Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing in a multi-fight deal in a bid to land elusive clashes with the likes of Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.
Warren signed Saunders as a pro after the 2008 Olympics, and guided him through world titles at middleweight and super-middleweight.
However, Saunders’ struggles outside the ring and boxing politics has seen him miss big-money unification clashes.
Billy Joe Saunders has joined Matchroom Boxing after cutting ties with promoter Frank Warren
He has now agreed a multi-fight deal with Hearn in a bid to deal those fights.
Saunders claimed the WBO super-middleweight title against Shefat Isufi on points in Stevenage in May.
He also won the WBO middleweight belt by beating Andy Lee in 2015 and defending it against fighters including Willie Monroe Jr and David Lemieux.
Saunders said: ‘This move is going to benefit me massively.
‘Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing can put me right out on the branch for those big fights. I’m on Golovkin and Canelo’s turf. Those fights make financial sense and they make sense because we’re on the same network.
‘I will go where the big fights are and I can fluctuate between middle and super-middle. If the big fights are at middleweight, then I’ll have them at middle. If they’re at super-middleweight, then I’ll have them at super.
‘I’m a world champion at super-middle, so if anyone wants to come and try to win a belt, then I’ve got one of the most recognised belts out there and I’m open to big offers.
‘I’m a good talker but I can also walk the walk. Matchroom are going to give me more publicity and more exposure for these big fights and that’s what I need. Once people see me and they see what I’m about, they’ll want to see me in those big fights.
‘I can’t wait to be involved in those big nights that I’ve seen Matchroom put on over the years. If that means fighting at 168lbs or 8lbs lighter then that’s no problem. I’m ready to go and I’m hoping to be out at the end of October or early November.’
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