We’ve all been looking forward to seeing Billy Joe Sanders defend his WBO middleweight title on April 14th. However, the British boxer had a hand injury, and April’s fight against Martin Murray had to be postponed. The new date is June 23rd, and the venue is London’s O2 Arena.
Britain’s second-best, Martin Murray had a total of 41 fights. During his boxing career, Murray had only four defeats, compared to 36 wins and one draw. He had a row of 23 wins before his fight with Felix Sturm in 2011 ended in a split draw.
Two years later, Murray lost to Sergio Martinez, and in 2015, the British boxer added two more defeats to his record summary. On February 21st, 2015, Murray fought against Gennady Golovkin. The match ended with Golovkin winning with a TKO fifty seconds into the eleventh round. That same year Murray failed to take the WBO super-middleweight title after losing to Germany’s Arthur Abraham. His fourth defeat came in 2016 after losing to George Groves.
The last three fights were victorious for Murray. Whether his winning streak will continue, we’ll know after his fight with Billy Joe Saunders.
As for Billy, the 29-year-old has always been the favourite of the best betting sites in the UK. Saunders’ nickname is Superb, and for a good reason. The boxer has an impeccable record summary with 26 wins and zero defeats. Attila Molnar, Matt Scriven, and Yoann Bloyer are only a few boxers that didn’t last for long during their fights with Saunders.
Commenting on his injury, Saunders said, “Unfortunately, I’ve been told I cannot punch anything for four weeks, so we have to move the date. This is an extremely tough sport and these things can happen.” He added, “It is vital that I’m firing on all cylinders heading into this fight, but for now it’s all about recovering properly and focusing on the new date.”
“I apologise to all of the fans that have bought tickets for 14 April, but all original tickets will be valid for 23 June,” said promoter Frank Warren.
We’ll see the clash of the two English boxers on June 23rd, and until then, stay tuned.