Billy Joe Saunders could return to the ring this year for the first time since his loss to Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez in May of 2021.
The two-weight world champion lost his undefeated record that night in Arlington, boxing well until a Canelo shot caught him on the eye socket and rendered him unable to fight on.
Saunders laid low for a while following the defeat, but has confirmed this year that a ring return is on the cards.
Following months of light training and getting back towards his fighting weight, he recently had a meeting with promoter Eddie Hearn to discuss plans.
Speaking to IFL TV, Hearn confirmed the mutual interest in working together once more.
“I liked what I heard from Billy. The reality is about Billy Joe Saunders is, he’s been a pain in the a**e to me at times, I also feel like we’ve done a great job for him, I think he respects that. I think he wants to be with us and I would like to promote him.
“When I sit down with him I realise what an asset he can be to British boxing when he’s not misbehaving.”
The Matchroom promoter then suggested December as a suitable return date for Saunders, and that his weight may change from this fight to the next.
“I think he may return in December. I think a fight up at 175 could be an option, and then down to 168 for a big fight in the Spring, and that’s what we discussed.”
John Ryder has said he would be open to a super-middleweight rematch with Saunders next year. The former champ has also called out rising star, Edgar Berlanga, as well as former super-welter and middleweight beltholder, Demetrius Andrade.