Ben Davison, trainer of Billy Joe Saunders, has given an update regarding a potential comeback for the former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion.
In his last outing Saunders was defeated for the first time in his career, as he lost to four-weight world champion, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
The 33-year-old was forced to retire in his corner after the eight round, following a brutal uppercut from the Mexican, which fractured Saunders’ orbital bone, the same injury that Kell Brook suffered in his defeat to Gennady Golovkin.
The injury meant a lengthy long lay-off for Saunders, who had to go undergo surgery after being unable to see out of his right eye.
After suffering his first loss and the injury that came with it, speculation grew that the Brit might step away from the sport for good and reports of weight gain also started to circulate on social media.
However, Davison confirmed to iDBoxing, that Saunders is working hard to get back in shape and position himself for a big comeback, should he decide to continue fighting,
“He’s just training, enjoying his training, lost a lot of weight, looking good. So no fine details to share but he is enjoying his training and he has lost a lot of weight.
You’ve got Christmas coming up, I think he will enjoy his Christmas and after that he will make the decision of if he wants to [carry on fighting] and where he wants to.
I think, with what has been going on with the Eubank-Benn situation and Eubank-Smith as well now, that would have had a part to play. Now that they are boxing in late January, I think Billy Joe might look to get out in the early part of the year, if he decides to and go from there.”
Should Saunders return to the ring, there would be plenty of options for big domestic fights, none more so than the winner of Chris Eubank Jr versus Liam Smith which is set to take place on January 21.