Promoter Frank Warren has revealed his plans for Billy Joe Saunders ahead of the WBO middleweight champions first defence of the title in the spring.
The 26 year-old had been mulling over a massive offer to face WBA, IBF and IBO title holder Gennady Golokvin in a unification on April 23, although Warren has now ruled that possibility out.
Saunders will instead fight at home in the coming months before what Warren described as a ‘mega-fight’ in the summer when speaking to Steve Bunce on BoxNation’s Boxing Hour last Thursday night.
“It won’t be Golovkin in April, that’s the date we were offered,” Warren explained to Bunce.
“For me, it’s a football stadium type fight. Not saying we don’t want the fight, Bill wants to do it but it needs to make sense.
“It’s about making the fight on the right terms and more importantly at the right time. We’ll name his opponent and date but he will have a mega fight in the summer,” he added.
Saunders will now meet a ranked WBO contender – possibly in March, before moving on to his ‘mega-fight – which could well be a rematch with Chris Eubank Jr.
Eubank recently left Matchroom Boxing after a contract disagreement meaning a second fight with Saunders would be far easier to make once the second generation fighter faces Nick Blackwell for the British belt.