FORMER WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has announced a surprise move up to super-middleweight.
On April 13 he will box for the WBO super-middleweight title at Wembley Arena, to be screened by BT Sport. Gilberto Ramirez left the belt vacant after announcing that he in turn would move up to light-heavyweight. So now Saunders will fight Shefat Isufi for 168lbs world title.
Saunders was stripped of his middleweight crown after a VADA drug test revealed an adverse finding. Billy Joe insists he has rebuilt from there, pointing out that he had not violated British regulations. “For the drugs one I didn’t do anything wrong. From the British Boxing Board of Control’s eyes, I was fit to box anywhere in the world,” Saunders said. “That’s behind me now.”