Sanders expanded his career to 30-0
Billy Joe Sanders defeated Martin Murray from Great Britain, who unanimously decided to keep his WBO Super Middleweight crown in the Wembley Arena.
It was the 30th. Victory in his undefeated professional career for Saunders, who, with a score of 1 to 25 bookmakers’ favourites, battled for the world championship title.
Saunders took the fight 120-109 120-109 118-110 on the referee card.
The 31-year-old is now looking at the winner of the duel between Callum Smith and Sol Canelo Alvarez on the 19th. December.
I’ve been out for over a year, and it’s like cemetery boxing, Saunders said.
I enjoy performing in front of the audience and I’ve tried to set the rhythm, but he’s a sly old fox and he connects you well.
I think I had to travel for the New Year, and I hope he has a wonderful Christmas and returns to his family. The important thing is I’m on 30 zeros.
It was Murray’s fifth stroke of bad luck for the World Championship title and the 38-year-old then lost, perhaps his last fight.
Delete famous names.
Probes showed a controlled and confident performance, firing shots at the upper body as Southpau dominated early exchanges.
Murray hit the screen in the fourth round and although the knockdown was not mentioned, the veteran hunter clearly felt a strong Saunders combination.
It was a seemingly hard blow, Saunders said. It could change the whole fight if it was called a knockdown.
Murray is tied to the seventh round and is on the grid all the time, although he says his back is hit in round eight, but Saunders is the dominant fighter and remains disciplined in round twelve.
Saunders said his next trip would be a big fight.
He was about to hire Alvarez in May for the coronavirus outbreak.
The Hertfordshire fighter was then considered an opponent of the Mexican in September, but he refused to negotiate because he gave the impression that he did not want to go into such a fight without proper training, even though he offered considerable sums of money.
Instead, British Smith agreed to meet with Alvarez later this month.
It’s very important for me to stay in the gym now because I’m not getting any younger, Saunders added. Let’s bring out the famous names. I need a big fight to get up, I don’t want to keep singing and dancing in my dressing room.
Sanders and Murray fight for the first time since November 2019
What’s next for Murray?
Saunders said he wanted to take out his opponent when he entered the fight and while Murray didn’t want to fight again, he admitted it was his last chance to win the world title.
In the course of his career, the 38-year-old has won 11 different belts, but the elusive world crown has always been out of reach for the man from St. Helena.
After a controversial draw with Felix Sturm and an equally controversial loss to Sergio Martinez, Gennady Golovkin handed out the first blow to Murray’s career in 2015.
His fourth title match against Arthur Abraham ended in a German victory in his homeland division, and five years later that defeat for Saunders finally seems to have betrayed the hopes of the Englishman.
Murray feared that the coronavirus pandemic had ended his career, but he returned to the ring after an absence of 13 months and said there was still a big fight ahead.
Five times for the World Championship, five times, six I won’t get, he said. I’m 38 years old, I just want to spend time with my family now – never say never, but I think that’s it. I tried.
It’s exhausted me a lot, never say never, but I’m ready for a good rest.
I had an eventful past before I became a pro. When I became a pro, I said I didn’t want to regret it, and I did. I could have become world champion in double weight if the judges or luck had been on my side, but I didn’t succeed.
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What the wise men said….
Steve Buns, boxing expert: There were 12 hard blows. It was a classic Billy-Joe performance, not the most delicate we’ve ever seen, but he did what he had to do.
It was ugly, it wasn’t spectacular, but it was a great, solid performance. Martin Murray, even if he is 38 years old, is not a cover that can be easily blown off.
Former middleweight world champion Andy Lee in the 5th round of the world championship. Live Sports Extra: Saunders did what he’s always done, and that’s enough to win.
Although what we saw tonight may not have been enough to beat Callum Smith of Canelo when he saw them in the ring, it will be another Billy Joe Sanders.
He gets his game back. He always fights at the level of the person he’s confronted with.