Billy Joe Saunders is set to fight on September 16th at the Copper Box Arena in London. Though an official opponent has not yet been announced. Saunders won his WBO middleweight title in 2015 and has only fought once since due to injuries and other issues.
“Circumstances beyond our control have kept him out of the ring for lengthy spells over the last year or two so he has got to get active now and remind everyone of what he is all about,” wrote Warren on boxingscene.com
September 16th will be a big day for boxing. Alongside the event headlined by Saunders and his future foe, on the other side of the pond, a middleweight super fight will go down between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. It’s expected that Saunders will fight the winner of that fight.
“We are very close to the point of being able to reveal exactly who will be challenging Bill for his world title at the Copper Box. Everything is in place and it is essentially a done deal, but I don’t like to jump the gun until the last i has been dotted and the final t crossed. It promises to be some night on September 16, with Bill set to be part of a thrilling double-header before attention switches Stateside to Las Vegas and the long-awaited blockbuster between Saul Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.”
Warren is confident that despite the long layoff, Saunders is still one of the best in boxing today.
“We need to get him going again, keep him motivated and in condition, so he can do what he does best. Bill is the sort of fighter, a bit like Tyson Fury in some ways, who needs to know exactly who he is up against and when in order to get him stimulated to continue training. He will have that now along with every opportunity to prove that he is one of the best champions out there,” he wrote.