WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders will be putting his unbeaten record (29-0) and title on the line against Martin Murray on Friday and has predicted his opponent will be considering retirement after they both collide at the SSE Arena in Wembley London.
Murray, who has been in four previous world title fights has earned some respect from Sounders but Saunders makes clear, he hasn’t been defeated on UK soil since turning nine and will like to keep the record that way.
Saunders really wants the big fights, naming Canelo, Andrade and Jacobs but things didn’t come out as planned with Martin Murray, the only available option which isn’t a bad one according to Saunders.
“I want the Jacobs fights and the Canelo fights and the Andrade fights now, but sadly everyone was tied up this year.
“The only one really worthy of taking the fight which was available was Martin Murray. He’s a four-time world title challenger. In my opinion, two-time world champion, so it’s not a bad pick out of the bunch.
“I know Martin is coming to fight. I haven’t been beaten on the UK soil since I’ve been 12-years-old. I’ve got a good track record, and I’m going to keep it that way.
“He’s going to bring a good game, but afterwards he can go back to St Helens, take his cash back and have a good Christmas and retire with the family, because that’s what I’m planning on doing, retiring him.”
Saunders was lined up for a mega fight with Boxing Star Canelo Alvarez earlier this year but that got cancelled due to the Corona Virus pandemic and his promoter Eddie Hearn, concurs to the fact that Saunders will have to put up another dominant performance to earn another big fight.
“The pressure on Billy Joe Saunders is that he has to put in a really dominant performance,” said Hearn. “That’s what people are wanting.
“There’s no pressure on Martin Murray. People in boxing give him a lot more chance than social media. The pressure on Billy Joe is not just to win, but put in a statement.”
Tipped by Bookmarkers ahead of the fight as a huge underdog, Murray is set to pull off a huge upset and believe the fifth the will be a charm, naming a couple of Boxers who did it in their fourth attempt at a world title in the UK and promised to be the first to win in the first attempt.
“No one has ever done it in five times in the UK,” said Murray. “I believe Groves four, Frank Bruno four, and I truly believe that there’s been a reason why I’ve picked myself up off the couch when times have been low and I’ve not wanted to go to the gym, but I’ve forced myself to get there.