Issue | Premium | Reports | May 22 2019

Billy Joe Saunders wants the big names

Billy Joe Saunders becomes two-weight world champion at a canter, writes Declan Taylor from ringside
Billy Joe Saunders
Billy Joe Saunders v Shefat Isufi - WBO Interim World Super-Middleweight Title  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Stevenage • May 18

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS unwrapped the biggest gift of his career before swiftly setting his sights on the leading lights in both divisions he has now won world titles in.

Having despatched Andy Lee to claim the WBO middleweight title back in 2015, it was an altogether simpler task when it came to joining Britain’s club of two-weight world champions.

The little-known and unfancied Shefat Isufi, who had worked his way into the upper echelons of the WBO rankings, never looked like he belonged in a world title fight against one of the best pure boxers in Britain at the moment.


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