Exclusive: Martin Murray open to Billy Joe Saunders title clash

Thomas Davison 18/01/2018

Martin Murray has heaped praise on fellow Brit Billy Joe Saunders after his win against David Lemieux in Canada in December, labelling him, ‘one of the slickest boxers out there’.

Saunders fought Lemieux in Montreal, totally outclassing him with a wide unanimous decision, a performance which received wide-spread acclaim from all quarters of the boxing fraternity.

Breaking down the fight in a WBN interview beforehand, Murray then watched on his words unfolded before him last month.

“I said to World Boxing News beforehand that I predicted Billy Joe Saunders was going to do what he did, put on a masterclass and he did,” Murray exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Billy Joe is one of the slickest boxers out there and you know, Lemieux isn’t. He’s a bit like a one trick pony and Billy Joe went in there and put in a masterclass performance, you know I wasn’t shocked by it, but i’ts still a good win for Billy Joe.

Murray has been linked to a potential domestic clash with Saunders in the past, whilst the St. Helens man has fallen just short in his previous four world title challenges.

The 35 year-old has been up against the likes of world-rated stars Gennady Golovkin and Sergio Martinez, the latter of which he arguably could have got the decision.

“As everyone knows I’m chasing that world title. I want to fight him but I want to fight anyone who’s got a world title,” said Murray.

“Anyone at middleweight or super middleweight who has a world title is a target, so definitely I would fight Billy Joe.”

Picking up three straight victories since a unanimous decision loss against George Groves at super middleweight back in 2016, the most credible victory for Murray came against former world title challenger Gabriel Rosado last year.

It would be a fantastic achievement if Murray does manage to land the Saunders, an almost unprecedented fifth world title opportunity which would also give fans a massive all-UK championship bust-up into the bargain.

Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93