Frank Warren ends Billy Joe Saunders speculation, new fight date soon
Frank Warren released information regarding the next move of Billy Joe Saunders following speculation regarding the former middleweight champion’s future.
As WBN reported first on Wednesday, Saunders has followed Kell Brook in leaving coach Dominic Ingle.
Saunders is now set to train alongside Tyson Fury with young trainer Ben Davison full time.
The Hatfield man had been pencilled in to fight for the vacant WBO super-middleweight crown. Saunders’ fight will still go ahead, according to Warren, just later than initially planned.
“Queensberry Promotions are pleased to confirm that Billy Joe Saunders’ next fight will be against Shefat Isufi at Super Middleweight live on BT Sport,” said Warren in a statement.
“With the widely reported changes in Billy Joe Saunders’ training situation and the current status of the WBO World Super Middleweight Title, this fight will not take place on April 13th at the SSE Arena, Wembley as was previously announced.
“The fight will be moved to a new date in May at a venue to be confirmed at a later date.
“There will be an announcement on an exciting new London show for April this week. The card will feature some of our best up and coming local talent.
“This will be followed up next with details on where and when Saunders v Isufi takes place,” he added.
WBN also reported an offer made to Saunders by Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn. A $15m bid was placed, although Saunders is set to stick with Warren.
A US deal to join ESPN and Top Rank under the same umbrella as Fury is also understood to be in the pipeline.
Warren is expected to reveal further details soon. Carl Frampton, Josh Warrington and Daniel Dubois could also be part of the arrangement.
Whether Saunders will feature on Fury’s first undercard over the spring/summer remains to be seen.