Billy Joe Saunders has stirred the pot today, insisting that a fight announcement is going to be made shortly and it has fight fans licking their lips as to who the opponent could be.
Billy Joe had a rather inactive 2019 but he did become the first gypsy to win a world title twice and in two weight divisions when he fought Shefat Isufi for the WBO Super Middle Weight title in his home town of Stevenage in May and followed that up by knocking out a cab driver in Marcelo Coceres on the undercard for the rematch of Logan Paul & KSI in a bout that was meant to serve as a tune up for this massive fight.
Billy Joe has been calling out the big names for years and we can genuinely hope that Billy Joe is referring to a lucrative bout against a huge name in boxing, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. It is said that Billy might even have to travel to Mexico to get this fight and he has stated that he is willing to do just that in what would be similar to when Martin Murray took on Sergio Martinez in front of 100,000 fans in the rain in Argentina.
If Billy Joe got this it would be the fight of his career and the big pay day he has been looking for. It’s hard to say that Billy Joe doesn’t deserve the fight after travelling to Canada and humiliating David Lemieux in front of his own fans in late 2018.
Fans of Billy Joe will say he has got that Mayweather style that can cause Canelo problems and the slick counter punching southpaw style of Billy Joe certainly makes for an interesting match up.
Canelo himself is on the hunt for a new opponent after an impressive winning streak including two wins against Golovkin, beating Daniel Jacobs, destroying Rocky Fielding and recently stopping Sergey Kovalev.
Canelo currently holds the WBA Middleweight world title and he is definitely looking for an opponent for a big summer showdown with Billy Joe certainly in the hat to be his next opponent, in a fight he has been calling for for years.
Reports were also circulating that Gennady Golovkin could be in line for a third crack at the whip but we don’t see the public appetite for that fight being as strong as it is for the Canelo Saunders match up which we see as a real 50/50 contest.
Billy Joe Saunders vs Callum Smith
Other fighters that Billy Joe could be talking about are Callum Smith who is the undisputed Super Middleweight champion after beating George Groves in the Super 6 final and following it up with an impressive win in June Against Hassan N’jikam and a shaky win in his hometown of Liverpool in November where he didn’t perform at his best.
Billy Joe Saunders Vs Gennady Golovkin
This is also a fight that Billy Joe has wanted for a long time and it is one that I see him having a very good chance of winning if he can avoid the power of Golovkin in what would be a real bull vs matador contest.
Other fighters that Billy could be matched with include Daniel Jacobs, Demetrius Andrade and even Chris Eubank Jnr if worst comes to worst.
Whatever happens we are going to be rooting for Billy Joe 100% in whatever fight he has coming up and there is a pool of Middleweights all looking for big fights so we hope they all get made soon.
I had the pleasure of meeting Billy Joe myself in Belfast at the Tyson Fury vs Pianeta fight and he couldn’t be more of a gentleman. Looking forward to hearing the news as it unfolds.