September 16 promises to be a clash of the middleweight titans.
In the UK, Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders will be making the second defence of his WBO version of world titles against Willie Monroe Jr at the Copper Box Arena.
Whilst across the pond in Las Vegas, Saul Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin compete against each other in a unification super-fight for the WBA, WBC, IBF and Ring Magazine belts at the T-Mobile Arena.
Saunders has been inactive since winning the WBO strap, largely due to injuries and unfulfilled mega-fights with the Mexican and Kazakh respectively.
However, the 27-year-old is still hopeful finalising a mega-showdown with the winner.
“That’s the fight I’m after so we’ll see how my promoter and management get on with it, hopefully it happens after this but I’m not holding my breath on it,” Saunders exclusively told World Boxing News
“That’s what has put me out the ring for so long, waiting on big fights that haven’t happened so I’ll be chugging along until one of them does come along.
“When you’re caught up with the big fights you take your eye off the ball. I’ve done it for the last two years now and that’s why I’ve only defended it once because waiting for these promised big fights just hasn’t happened but hopefully it’s all a big change now. But I’m taking one fight at a time, I have to get over this one first and then hopefully after this I can sit down and go there.”
If his dream unification fight isn’t next, there are plenty of options for the Londoner. Saunders has revealed he is open to tussling with another American in Jermall Charlo if he prevails against Monroe.
“100%. He beat a man with one leg in his last fight. He’s a good fighter but I’ve definitely got the beating of him. I’d love to do that fight in December but I’ve got to come through this first and then I’ll be looking at the big fights and the big names,” he stated.
The temptation of fighting stateside is something that could potentially lure the superb southpaw in the non-distant future.
“I wouldn’t mind it (fighting in America); if the opportunity came then I’d definitely fight there and hopefully fulfil my dream of Vegas. It’s always a possibility,” he added.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95