WBO Issues Ultimatum to Billy Joe Saunders Following Victory Over Martin Murray

Published 12/05/2020, 4:14 AM EST
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)


Billy Joe Saunders and his team have their work cut out for them for the champion’s next move. The undefeated Englishman beat Martin Murray in a slightly underwhelming, but professional performance. The Brit outclassed the 38-year-old and defended his belt with a 120-109,120-109, and 118-110 scorecard. The decision now remains on who he fights next.

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Manchester , United Kingdom – 22 December 2018; Billy Joe Saunders celebrates after defeating Charles Agamu in their middleweight bout at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Michael Benson from TalkSPORT, reported on Twitter that Saunders and his team have 10 days to make their decision and inform the WBO. He wrote, “The WBO have stated that Billy Joe Saunders will have to face a mandatory challenger next, unless they are informed within the next ten days that BJS is going to fight Canelo Alvarez or Demetrius Andrade.”

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Benson also confirmed who the mandatory challenger could be when he said, “Appears that mandatory would most likely be Zach Parker.”

This makes things very interesting for the champion. After the fight, he stated that he wants the big fights since he is not getting any younger. He also reiterated that a stronger opponent could get the best out of him in the ring. Thus, he clearly wants to make the big fights at Super-middleweight.

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History of Billy Joe Saunders with Canelo and Andrade

Saunders has had his fair share of history with the two superstars. He was due to fight Andrade in 2019. However, the fight was called off because Saunders tested positive for a banned substance. And prior to the global pandemic, Saunders was days away from sealing a deal to fight Canelo Alvarez. So it has been close before, but nothing has come of it.

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However, with this news, it may push Saunders and their team to make a decision at the earliest. With Canelo fighting on December 19 against Callum Smith, it could be the best time to make that fight happen. Furthermore, there is no doubt it would do well in monetary terms. Fans should keep their eyes peeled on how this all pans out.

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READ: “They Want To Try To Play Mind Games”- Billy Joe Saunders Rejects Canelo Alvarez Fight

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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