18
Jul
2019

Billy Joe Saunders explains 168lbs move, Demetrius Andrade rejection

World Boxing News 13/05/2019
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📸 Vincent Ethier / Stacey Verbeek

Billy Joe Saunders has moved to explain why he felt the need to leave the middleweight division behind despite being the mandatory challenger.

Saunders was put forward his old WBO title after Demetrius Andrade assumed his former status following their aborted collision last year.

Hatfield’s most notable resident declined the mandatory invitation in order to challenge for two-weight honours.

The 29 year-old believes the champions and contenders at super-middle are far more willing to engage than at 160lbs.

“For one the financial gain was silly, silly change. Then there was nothing going my way. I would have been going to his back yard again, where I didn’t get fairly treated the first time.

“I know that and I know deep down what went on. But for good fighters, it is not about sitting around watching it is about how you come back.

“I have to come back stronger.

“It is open with some good names and some good fights to be made. People might say I am not a big super middleweight, but they will find I will be big enough for it.

“My style has never been big and bullying, that is not me, my style is being clever and smart.

“I have got unfinished business at middleweight. But I am putting myself in a position at super middle to give myself different options.

“The thing is with the super middleweights is that everyone is willing to fight everyone. There is nobody sitting back hanging out for the last pound and that is what I like about it.

“I’ve been at the top of the middleweights and the stars at the top want all of the pie and everything their own way.

“It is all on their terms, but I am just in it to win it and prove I am the best. I will put myself in a position at super middleweight where they have got to fight me.
“It is just about timing.”


TWO-WEIGHT

Shefat Isufi stands in the way of a two-division championship when the pair collide this Saturday night.

A victory for Saunders opens up the possibility for a massive unification with Callum Smith.

The fight will only happen if promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren agree to share the fight in a 50-50 fashion, though.

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