Saunders targeting Alvarez or Golovkin
– Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s eagerly-anticipated bout will be watched by a global television audience, but it is not the only world middleweight title fight tonight.
Billy Joe Saunders’ second defence of his World Boxing Organisation belt against Willie Monroe Jr in London will not attract the same attention or glamour but the winner is likely to face the victor of the Golovkin-Alvarez clash.
For Saunders (right), there can be no more excuses about motivation after an inactive and frustrating reign as champion. The 28-year-old English boxer won the WBO belt from Ireland’s Andy Lee in December 2015 but due to injuries and postponements has only fought once since, an unimpressive points win over Artur Akavov in Scotland in December.
But Saunders (24 wins, 0 defeats, 12 KOs) feels rejuvenated and credits new trainer Dominic Ingle with improving his conditioning ahead of facing American Monroe (21 wins, 2 defeats, 6 KOs).
“You can say lack of motivation but when you’re in touching distance of something great, that alone gives me motivation,” Saunders said. – AFP