British boxing closes out 2017 with less than half the number of world champions 2016 saw

Billy Joe Saunders - There were a quite amazing 13 world champions hailing from the UK at the close of last year, while this year, as 2017 reaches its end, the number has more than halved; with six men from these shores holding a legitimate world title. But this is not a reflection on a poor year for British boxing insists promoter Eddie Hearn.

There were a quite amazing 13 world champions hailing from the UK at the close of last year, while this year, as 2017 reaches its end, the number has more than halved; with six men from these shores holding a legitimate world title. But this is not a reflection on a poor year for British boxing insists promoter Eddie Hearn.

Last year, top names Carl Frampton, James DeGale and Kell Brook, to name three of the then reigning British world champions who have since lost, all seemed set for a long reign.

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Billy Joe Saunders hungry for more belts; says he’d fight Caleb Truax next, move up to 168

Billy Joe Saunders - Billy Joe Saunders seems ready to fight just about everyone, at both middleweight and at super-middleweight. The WBO 160 pound champ, fresh off last Saturday night's brilliant boxing display against David Lemieux, has called out: Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez, Danny Jacobs and now, as he explained to The Star, a shot at newly crowned IBF super-middleweight champ Caleb Truax.

Billy Joe Saunders seems ready to fight just about everyone, at both middleweight and at super-middleweight. The WBO 160 pound champ, fresh off last Saturday night’s brilliant boxing display against David Lemieux, has called out: Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez, Danny Jacobs and now, as he explained to The Star, a shot at newly crowned IBF super-middleweight champ Caleb Truax.

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Frank Warren on Saunders’ win over Lemieux: That was as good as anything Floyd Mayweather’s done

Billy Joe Saunders - There is no doubt about it: Billy Joe Saunders turned in a quite magnificent performance last Saturday night in Canada when he totally outclassed and defused dangerous puncher David Lemieux; Saunders scoring one of the finest “away wins” from a British fighter in some time.

There is no doubt about it: Billy Joe Saunders turned in a quite magnificent performance last Saturday night in Canada when he totally outclassed and defused dangerous puncher David Lemieux; Saunders scoring one of the finest “away wins” from a British fighter in some time.

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Golovkin’s trainer says Saunders fight will be determined by demand by fans

Billy Joe Saunders - It was thought that IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) would seek out a unification fight with WBO 160lb champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) once Triple G got past Saul ‘Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs), but it looks like that’s no longer the case.

It was thought that IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) would seek out a unification fight with WBO 160lb champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) once Triple G got past Saul ‘Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs), but it looks like that’s no longer the case.

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Is Billy Joe Saunders a pound-for-pound fighter?

Billy Joe Saunders -  Tyson Fury says that after his commanding win over Lemieux, BJS should be in the top-10

Tyson Fury says that after his commanding win over Lemieux, BJS should be in the top-10

There is no doubt about it, WBO middleweight ruler Billy Joe Saunders put on one of the most impressive, classy and thoroughly dominant performances of the year with his wider than anyone expected, near shut-out decision win over a dangerous puncher in David Lemieux on December 16.

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Saunders: I’ll school Canelo and Golovkin

Billy Joe Saunders - Billy Joe Saunders has vowed to “school” both Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez following his master-class WBO world middleweight title victory over David Lemieux in Montreal on Saturday night. MTK Global-managed Saunders oozed class as he cruised to a dominant unanimous-decision points win over former IBF world champion Lemieux.

Billy Joe Saunders has vowed to “school” both Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez following his master-class WBO world middleweight title victory over David Lemieux in Montreal on Saturday night. MTK Global-managed Saunders oozed class as he cruised to a dominant unanimous-decision points win over former IBF world champion Lemieux.

The Hatfield native, who is now based in Sheffield under trainer Dominic Ingle, was awarded every round on one judge’s card, 120-108, while the other officials scored the bout a lop-sided 118-110, 117-111 to make it a shutout.

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