Is Billy Joe Saunders a Champion?: Which Belts Has He Won?

Published 05/07/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
STEVENAGE, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Billy Joe Saunders takes part in a workout session at The Lamex Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Stevenage, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)


Billy Joe Saunders ranks among the most terrifying boxing talents of all time. Over the course of his prolonged career, the Brit has overpowered every opponent he’s faced to retain his undefeated track record. But is Billy Joe Saunders really a champion?

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As of now, ‘Superb’ holds the WBO super-middleweight title under his wing. He secured a decision win against Shefat Isufi in 2019 to claim the gold. Subsequently, the 31-year-old has defended this belt twice until now, thus establishing his legacy in the 168-pound weight class.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Billy Joe Saunders defeats Willie Munroe Jr for the WBO World Middleweight Title fight at Copper Box Arena on September 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Leigh Dawney/Getty Images)

Prior to stepping up in the super-middleweight landscape, Saunders was an elite middleweight. In fact, he was a champion at the middleweight division too. The Gypsy boxer held the WBO title from 2015 to 2017.

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Right from his debut in 2009, until today, ‘Superb’ has switched gears from the middleweight and super-middleweight division. Moreover, he’s faced no problem in cutting or gaining weight to make himself viable for a fight at his preferred weight class. This has helped him claim gold easily.

Where does Billy Joe Saunders rank in the 168-pound division?

As per ESPN‘s boxing rankings, the British boxer sits at #5 in the stacked super-middleweight division. ‘Superb’ Saunders still has a long pathway to trace in this weight class. And more than anyone else, he himself wants to etch his name at the peak.

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Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders Head to Head Press Conference at the Landmark Hotel on October 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Also, the 31-year-old Hertfordshire native, who has a lot of time left in his career, wants to win even more belts and become undisputed. Considering that, it’ll be interesting to see how the undefeated boxing stalwart molds his career from hereon.

Do you think ‘Superb’ Billy Joe Saunders will be a champion on the morning of May 9, or will he surrender his belt on May 8 and have to box to earn his shot at the gold once more.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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