In May 2021, British WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (30-1, 14 KOs) capitulated in unification with Mexican Saul Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) due to injury.
Saunders underwent surgery, thought about ending his career and even gained weight. The other day promoter Eddie Hearn (Matchroom Boxing) announced his comeback.
confirmed rumors and named the desired rivals. At the same time, absolutely all options look quite working and real: “If we are talking about the current situation, then I am interested in three opponents – these are Callum Smith, Liam Smith and Demetrius Andred. It is clear that at first I need at least one intermediate battle – to reset the rust. And then you can go against the elite fighters. Yes, I consider the Smiths and Andred to be elite fighters.”
Hearn planned a rematch with Briton Chris Eubank Jr. for Saunders, but he brutally lost to Liam Smith over the weekend. Billy Joe’s opinion: “I want to make it clear right away that at this point in my career I don’t want to trade for passers like Eubank. Don’t get me wrong, from a financial point of view, this is a great fight – easy money. And if they surprise me with a financial offer … But I would rather fight fighters who made a name for themselves in boxing on their own, and did not go out due to the popularity of their father.
Did you hear how Eubank commented on the defeat? He blames the case and the referee. The contract included a clause on revenge – Liam Smith announced his conditions.