BILLY JOE SAUNDERS will defend his WBO super-middleweight title for the second time when he takes on Martin Murray.
Saunders hasn’t been in a hoop since his November 2019 TKO win over Marcelo Coceres on the KSI vs Logan Paul undercard.
Billy Joe Saunders is a two-weight boxing world champion Credit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
The Matchroom fighter had all however secured an enormous money-making combat with Canelo Alvarez again in Could earlier than the coronavirus pandemic scuppered these plans.
And for the primary time since lockdown, Saunders is again within the ring in opposition to Brit Murray.
Elsewhere on the invoice, Eddie Hearn’s new signing Lerrone Richards is in motion, as is potential future Saunders foe Zach Parker.
James Tennyson can also be in a giant WBA light-weight title eliminator with Canadian Josh O’Reilly.
Saunders vs Murray FULL CARD
- Billy Joe Saunders vs Martin Murray (WBO super-middleweight title)
- James Tennyson vs Josh O’Reilly (light-weight)
- Zach Parker vs Cesar Nunez (vacant WBO worldwide super-middleweight title)
- Donte Dixon vs Angelo Dragone (super-featherweight)
- Shannon Courtenay vs Dorota Norek (super-bantamweight)
- Lerrone Richards vs TBA (super-middleweight)
- Lewis Edmondson vs John Telford (light-heavyweight)
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What have the fighters stated?
Saunders: “I promised Martin Murray his shot from the primary time, however I used to be injured. Folks can say I pulled out due to this and that, however genuinely I used to be.
“The dialogue with myself and Eddie [Hearn], the Canelo speak was again on — I simply assume that the Canelo camp didn’t need me for the fashion, finish of. Then it was clearly the Smith combat we talked about, clearly he’s combating Canelo now.
“So I appeared down the checklist. Martin Murray has challenged for a world title 4 instances, that is his fifth. There’s historical past there.
Billy Joe Saunders is defending his world title for the second time Credit score: ©Mark Robinson/Matchroom
Murray: “I have been in with extra fearsome punchers, however Billy Joe can clearly punch. It is the photographs you do not see that basically harm you.
“Billy Joe is that quick and that slick that there may very well be just a few of them. I am not going into the combat considering I am invincible or will be capable to stroll via his energy.”
What channel is Saunders vs Murray on?
- You possibly can catch Saunders vs Murray on Sky Sports activities Primary Occasion on Friday, December 4.
- The motion will get underway from 7pm UK time, with Saunders vs Murray to get underway at round 10.15pm.
- The occasion is on the market for streaming from the NOW TV or Sky Go app, each of which may be downloaded onto your cell or pill gadget.