News | Jun 20 2018

EXCLUSIVE James DeGale ‘in the hat’ for Billy Joe Saunders September fight

Billy Joe Saunders has a date and venue for his next fight. John Dennen reports
Billy Joe Saunders
Billy Joe Saunders celebrates his win  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders may have missed out on the chance to unify against WBA and WBC boss Gennady Golovkin, but a big fight could still be lined up for him.

Promoter Frank Warren has booked the O2 in London for September 15 and Saunders could step up in weight to challenge IBF super-middleweight titlist James DeGale, pitting the 2008 Olympic team-mates against one another.

“He’d have to go up and give away weight if that did happen, but we will see if it can be done,” the promoter told Boxing News. “I think all of those names are in the hat. That would be a great fight. I’m sure all the fans would come out for that. All those names at the moment are there to be considered. I’ve got to sit down with Bill, which I will do over the weekend and we’ll work out what we’re going to do.”