FORMER WBO middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders will hope that an expected move up to 168lbs will open up new options for him.
“I need big challenges. The [Gennady] Golovkin fight I signed for but didn’t happen then Canelo [Alvarez] wasn’t interested. I was sort of moping around a little bit, looking for one of those big fights when I should have just sat down and said, ‘Who are you putting in front of me? Let’s get them out of the way.’ I think my mind wandered off from boxing a little bit and into the real world,” Saunders said.
Callum Smith, the WBA super-middleweight champion, has caught Saunders’ attention. “I think he’s a good fighter, a great fighter. He won the Super Series and proved himself by stopping George Groves and beating him well. But styles make fights and my style is not good for him. If I had an easy style I would’ve been in with Golovkin and Canelo by now. But my style is not suited to many and I think I have the style to beat him,” Billy Joe reflected.