Exclusive: Billy Joe Saunders on Sheffield move, nutritional changes ahead of Sept 16 return

Joe Hewlett 03/07/2017

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Billy Joe Saunders is set to make the second defence of his WBO crown as he prepares to fight for the first time this year.

An opponent is yet to be confirmed but Saunders admitted he can barely contain the excitement for his return.

“I’m pleased to be back where I need to be and I’m in a good state of mind now I’ve took myself away from all the distractions,” Saunders exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I can just focus more on the job and get the best out of myself. I’ve got my next fight on September 16 and the venue will most likely be the Copper Box, I believe.

“I’m really looking forward to it. I literally cannot wait.”

The world ruler reflected on his last performance in December, giving an honest assessment about his points win over Artur Akovov.

“I had an off night but I didn’t pay the price for my bad performance, and looking at the good side of it, it wasn’t a loss so I can take a positive from that and that’s what I will do.

“With my last performance in camp, it was a bit up and down, if I’m being honest with you. Some things went right, and some things went wrong but it’s all about learning from it.”

The undefeated 27-year-old has revealed how Kell Brook’s nutritionist Greg Marriott has had a significant contribution towards his improvement.

“I’m feeling good. I’ve got my dieting nutrition with Greg who looks after Kell Brook. He’s monitoring me three times a day.

“I have the experience of Dominic Ingle and it’s just a good buzz to be around because I’m sharing a house with Kid Galahad – it’s a good atmosphere. Everyone is supporting each other and I’m looking forward to the big fights.”

The Londoner has made the ultimate sacrifice in moving away from his hometown. Saunders has teamed up with Dominic Ingle and will remain in Sheffield during his training camps.

“I’ve based myself in Sheffield. It’s where it all started for me. There’s a lot of technology in training which I haven’t done before, it’s not just guided by the eye and by the mind but technology as well.

“The only thing I needed to do was get fit. I can’t learn a new jab, or a new uppercut, it’s just about conditioning myself.

“I’m not saying it’s going to make me a robot or improve me leaps and bounds but you gotta be sensitive with it and I’m hoping it’s going to help me in what I want to do,” he added.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95