Promoter Frank Warren has shed some light on Billy Joe Saunders’s situation. The current WBO middleweight champion was scheduled to fight WBO interim-middleweight champion Avtandil Khurtsidze on July 8th but the fight got cancelled. Khurtsidze was arrested due to crime syndicate ties to a local Russian mafia in New York. He is currently under a travel ban.
The big question is: when and against who will Saunders fight?
“We’re upset with what has happened but Billy will fight now in September. He has got to have a fight that week of the Golovkin-Canelo fight, but not on the same bill. Billy has to fight his mandatory which is Khurtsidze, but I can’t see how it’s going to be him,” commented Warren according to boxingscene.com
The plan is clear. Warren and Saunders are gunning for the winner of Canelo-Golovkin.