2017 has been the year of change for Billy Joe Saunders.
The WBO middleweight king has moved from London to Sheffield and also changed trainers to forge an alliance with the highly respected Dominic Ingle.
Sheffield is where it all started for Saunders in the amateur ranks, helping him win Bronze at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
The 27-year-old admitted he is in a good place.
“The transactions are going good. Me and Dom are working well and clicking together as a trainer and fighter. My nutrition side with Greg Marriot looking after me, I’ve been really impressed on the nutritional diet side of things,” Saunders exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I’m feeling fit, strong and ready to go. I’m ahead of schedule for where I need to be, I can’t wait to get in there and defend my title.”
His next opponent is Americas Willie Monroe Jr. ‘El Mongoose’ has two defeats to his record including a sixth round stoppage to Gennady Golovkin.
However, Saunders is refusing to look past his next opponent despite the American having two defeats inflicted on his professional record.
“He’s fresh to be fair, he just took a bit of a pasting from GGG and he quit. At this level, it gets this hard and that’s why there are levels. He got to a certain level and he couldn’t hack it. I know what level I’m on and I don’t think he’ll hack it with me so we’ll see,” he said.
His move in locations seems to have paid dividends for the undefeated middleweight. The Hertfordshire man has taken to the streets to help the community of Sheffield to help the less fortunate.
“I’ve been doing a bit for the homeless around Sheffield. I’ve been feeding them and gave them some dried bedding sheets. That’s what I’ve been doing during my rest days.
“I help as many as I can but I can’t help everyone but as many as I see walk past I’ll help them with food, give them a bit of money, make sure they’ve got some clothes – It’s just a small bit back,” he concluded.
Billy Joe Saunders will defend his WBO middleweight world championship against Willie Monroe Jr at the Copper Box on September 16.
The fight will broadcasted live under Frank Warren Promotions on BT Sport.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95