Billy Joe Saunders on his Move to Matchroom.
Well is seems like 2019 is characterized by transition and rearrangement for UK boxer Billy Joe “Superb” Saunders (28-0, 13 KO’s). To begin, in the first quarter of this year, the talented pugilist unexpectedly switched trainers.
After a length beneficial union with chief second Dominic Ingle, Saunders choose to link up with Tyson Fury trainer Ben Davison. Now, Saunders has officially parted ways with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions to join the ranks with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing Promotions.
Saunders splitting with Warren was plastered throughout boxing outlets a number of days ago, however, where he was going was left to speculation. Prior to the formal announcement, many in the boxing world assumed that he would link up with Matchroom.
From the outside looking in, aligning himself with Hearn’s middleweight stable simply made the most logical sense. Clearly, Superb was of the same mind-state.
“I feel excited mate! […] I’m looking forward to this new journey because of the opportunities that’s on it. So I’m very excited to be working with Matchroom, DAZN and Sky TV. […]
“We all parted company on good terms, me and Frank still remain friends. We built a lot, a lot of trust and a good relationship over the decade and it was a hard decision but, you know, I need to put myself on the track where these big fights are.”
With these gigantic alterations now behind him, Saunders can now focus his full attention on his future. Obviously, the UK boxer wants the biggest fights and names out there, however, he was not quick to call out any names in particular.
Yet, when needled in an interview conduct by SecondsOut, Saunders did reveal that he feels the most lucrative bout was with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
“Listen, my number one guy was Canelo because he is the golden goose. [Also] because Floyd Mayweather was the only man to beat him and to be second to Floyd is definitely not a bad achievement.”
Only time will tell what big fights will materialize while Saunders competes under the Matchroom banner. Yet, in the meantime, it’s very clear that Superb is content with his move and has no intentions on making any other massive career alterations anytime soon.
“I don’t need to go anywhere else because if the big fights cant’ be made here, they can’t be made anywhere, you know, simple. We’re all in the same pond, so they can only be made here, so yeah, I’m very happy.”
By: Bakari Simpson