Saun­ders tar­get­ing Al­varez or Golovkin

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Lon­don

– 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

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