Billy Joe Saunders retains WBO title in decision of Monroe, Jr.
September 16, 2017
Danny Z (117 articles)

Billy Joe Saunders retains WBO title in decision of Monroe, Jr.

By Danny Z | Contributing Writer

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LONDON — In a battle over the WBO middleweight world title, Willie Monroe, Jr. let his fate be decided by the English Judges, as they favored Billy Joe Saunders in a decision victory at the Copper Box Arena.

Fighting over a large banner that read ‘Canelo-Golovkin,’ Monroe was able to connect on the better, technical punches, but had to beat the champion in emphatic fashion — especially in enemy territory. As the 12th round came to a close and both fighters embraced, scores of 117-111, 115-114 and 117-112 were all read for Saunders.

“Nine months in, to get in the ring with a slick southpaw like him [Monroe, Jr.]…just get through this fight because I know what’s next,” Saunders said after his win.

Saunders, 28, expressed his desire to fight the winner of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Frank Warren, who promotes Saunders, said he will try and get Saunders back into the ring this upcoming December, hopefully against the winner of Canelo-GGG.

“So, now we got to move on, as Dominic [Ingle] just said, to December, get him out again,” Warren said. “Hopefully, if Golovkin wins, and he doesn’t get banged up or anything, then that could be a [Golovkin] fight in December. If Canelo wins, then that will be next year. But, if Golovkin loses, then that’s still a great fight.”

Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loefller, has stated in the past that he has attempted to make the fight with Saunders, but no positive negotiations ever came from it. Saunders has been known to talk smack on Golovkin, but has managed to avoid him since capturing his WBO world title. If Golovkin is victorious against Canelo, then a Saunders bout is highly likely as Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) has wanted to unify the division for his entire career now. As for Canelo, he reportedly has a rematch clause in the contract for his fight against Golovkin, and that could mean that a rematch would follow sometime in May of next year. Saunders has a better chance of getting Golovkin into the ring as opposed to the 27-year-old Canelo, who is from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Canelo (49-1-1, 34 KOs) would likely fight fellow promotional stablemate, David Lemieux, before making a fight with Saunders. But, regardless of who comes out on top between Canelo and Golovkin, Saunders would likely be the heavy underdog in a potential unification bout for all the major world titles within the 160 pound division.

(Feature photo: Getty Images)

Danny Z is a contributing writer/reporter for Supreme Boxing and can be followed @DannyZ_Boxing on Twitter



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