Billy Joe Saunders' son punches opponent Willie Monroe Jr at weigh

Billy Joe Saunders' son punches opponent Willie Monroe Jr at weigh”

The pair meet at London's Copper Box on Saturday night, with the 28-year-old Saunders looking to defend the WBO middleweight crown for a second time.

Undefeated WBO champion Saunders puts his belt on the line for the second time in his career as the Hatfield man bids to set up a massive bout with the victor of the GGG v Canelo showdown in Las Vegas. It's just a matter of coming through it. Willie Monroe is going to be hard for him: he's not here to make up the numbers.

The eyes of the boxing world will be on Las Vegas this weekend as purists" fight of the year between Gennady Golovkin and Saul "Canelo' Alvarez takes centre-stage but, closer to home, Billy Joe Saunders is set to return to the ring. "We will make it happen".

"Bill wants to test himself, be in there with the best. I can't think of any Briton who's gone and beaten someone of that calibre".

The titlist has been working under new trainer Brendan Ingle recently and looked in better shape than has been the case in the past for a fight that he hopes will launch him into a showdown with the victor of linear Champion Saul Alvarez's middleweight title meeting with unified holder Gennady Golovkin tomorrow night. "We had a contract for it". And if I was working with him, I'd have given him a break.

And if it's anything like the weigh-in, the fight promises to be one to remember. "It depends when he's going to fight. He's not a guy who fights three or four times a year; he's been fighting twice a year", the promoter noted.

"Whoever wins, (Saunders has) got an important piece of the jigsaw providing he beats Willie Monroe Jnr". And who's there for the victor to fight? "That's where we're at".

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