After announcing he had split from former promoter, Frank Warren, at the beginning of the month, Billy Joe Saunders has just announced a new deal with Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn.
After what has been a pretty frustrating couple of years for the 2-weight world champion, with fights falling through and with a positive drugs test flaring up at one point, it’s good to see that the Hatfield fighter’s career seems to be getting the boost it needed!
Saunders is an incredibly talented fighter and he demonstrated this when he absolutely outclassed David Lemieux back in December 2017, however, he always seemed to be the middleweight champion that was overlooked/fizzled out of the picture when the guys like Canelo and Golovkin were also ruling the division.
There were talks about “BJS” fighting Canelo and Golovkin; but they soon fell through and instead Saunders was set to defend his WBO crown against Demetrius Andrade, although, that was when he “failed” the drugs test (the cause of dispute being some sort of nose spray) before the bout and he ended up losing the title and the chance of fighting and earning what would’ve been a career high pay day…
Lady Luck, however, soon turned back around for Saunders and he got a shot at the WBO Interim super-middleweight world title, which then was elevated to the full world title – Saunder’s grabbed this opportunity with both hands, dominating Shefat Isufi to become the new WBO super-middleweight world champion!
However, with Warren’s rival promoter – Eddie Hearn – making mega deals with guys like: Canelo, Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs as well as streaming giants DAZN, it looked like the big fights that “BJS” wanted were always going to elude him as he was – so to speak – on the wrong side of the fence in terms of negotiations.
So, with Billy Joe Saunders leaving Frank Warren, it was almost inevitable that Saunders would take up the chance to work with Hearn and Matchroom promotions, who could near enough guarantee Saunders the bigger fights due to their connections with DAZN and Hearn’s American branch of Matchroom Promotions.
The question that this signing brings about, is ‘will Billy Joe Saunders now get the big fights he’s always wanted? Against the likes of Canelo, Golovkin, Jacobs and potentially Demetrius Andrade?’
This move also brings about an increased chance in seeing an all British unification fight between Saunders and WBC Super super-middleweight champion Callum Smith, which would be a fascinating fight to watch!
Is this a good move for Saunders? Let us know in the comments below and also let us know who you’d like to see the 2-weight world champion fight next…
By Tyler White