Shocker: Billy Joe Saunders losing buzz, considers ‘leaving on top’

Phil Jay 17/01/2017


Middleweight title holder Billy Joe Saunders has revealed he may retire from boxing in a startling post on social media this week.

The 27 year-old, who has been linked to facing Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin in 2017, last fought in December when out-pointing Artur Akavov in Scotland.

Saunders had been due to co-feature on a massive bill in Cardiff, although injury forced him to delay the title defence which ended up taking place at Paisley Leisure Centre.

So far undefeated in his career on 24-0, Saunders is the main target of 160 pound king Golovkin, whilst Canelo was recently bumped up by the WBO to his mandatory challenger.

As both Canelo and ‘GGG’ have currently got big fights lined up for the spring, it’s obvious Saunders is feeling frustrated ahead of his own return.

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“Lost the buzz a bit for the game, thinking about leaving on top,” posted Saunders, which comes just months after fellow-traveller Tyson Fury pulled off a similar move despite holding numerous heavyweight titles.

The post may well be just a heat of the moment thing for Saunders, who potentially has years left on top and could be straight back in the mix for a big fight after next month.

Old foe Chris Eubank Jr, battles Renold Quinlan on February 4, and provided the Brighton man pulls off a victory, the opportunity for Saunders to seal a second lucrative clash with the 27 year-old could be back on the table.