Ben Davison Gives a Status Update on Billy Joe Saunders
It’s now been eighteen months since two-division champion “Superb” Billy Joe Saunders (30-1, 14 KO’s) was in the ring. During that last fistic encounter, Saunders fought the now undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. After talking a good game prior to the affair, Superb left the ring burdened with his first professional loss and a literally broken face. To his credit though, Saunders did make a good showing for a large portion of the fight.
Having only lost the one time, to the eventual undisputed champion of the division, there seems no great shame here. One would think that the UK rabble-rouser would be eager to get back in the ring. This has not proven to be the case. Not only has he not hopped back in the ring, he has been very silent about his intentions to do so, in general. It is only natural to speculate that the injury suffered is keeping him from returning. Yet, according to savvy chief second Ben Davison, when speaking to Boxing Social, Saunders has made his way back to the gym and resumed training.
“Yeah, he is in the gym, enjoying his training and he’s not in any position where he has to box. But, if he decides to box, we’ll be there to support him.”
MAYBE, MAYBE NOT
Clearly, Davison was very noncommittal with his commentary, and why shouldn’t he be? Even if he knew the answer, he probably doesn’t feel it’s his place to break the news. At the same time however, if Saunders is even fighting recreationally, it does imply that his injury is not what’s keeping him out of the ring.
Therefore, Superb fans should retain a glimmer of hope that slick the fighter, renowned for his out of the ring hijinks, may indeed return to the squared-circle. He was briefly flirting with a fight with Chris Eubank Jr after the Canelo debacle, even though those talks fizzled out. Only time will tell what he does with his career, but the longer he waits, the more time will work against him! So stay tuned to 3Kings Boxing for all the latest twists and turns.
By: Bakari Simpson