Opinion | Dec 05 2016

Five things we learned from the weekend ft. Billy Joe Saunders, Kubrat Pulev and Murat Gassiev

Billy Joe Saunders needs to keep active and Murat Gassiev is for real
Billy Joe Saunders
Billy Joe Saunders celebrates his win  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

Billy Joe Saunders needs activity

WBO world middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders held on to his title by the skin of his teeth in Scotland when he struggled past unfancied Artur Akavov. The flawed victory raised several questions about the unbeaten Brit’s future but it was a stark reminder of just how debilitating inactivity can be. Saunders had not fought since his title-winning effort against Andy Lee in December 2015 and had grown out of shape in that time. He lost the weight for his clash with Akavov far too quickly and it showed on the night. Beside that, he was also without veteran trainer Jimmy Tibbs – a huge absence for any corner. Going forward, Saunders needs to keep himself active and regain his momentum ahead of some potential super-fights with the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and Chris Eubank Jnr.

Kubrat Pulev is playing the waiting game


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