Former WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders is eyeing his boxing comeback at 175 lbs
Billy Joe Saunders can return to boxing after his maiden career defeat against Canelo Alvarez in May 2021.
Saunders lost his WBO super middleweight strap and also suffered an orbital fracture that urged him to hang up the boxing gloves. Several people thought he would never make it back to action.
Nevertheless, ‘Superb’ Saunders appears to be making his comeback possibly in 2024. Matchroom Promoter Eddie Hearn recently met with the former world champion.
Hearn posted a picture with Billy Joe Saunders on his social media and wrote, “Litte Catchup.”
Boxing fans, however, didn’t seem very impressed as they hesitated to give Saunders a warm welcome. Here’s a look at how netizens reacted to Billy Joe Saunders potentially returning.
A month back, Saunder dropped a self-recorded video and shed views on his upcoming plans. Having tasted world championship at super middleweight (168 lbs), he has desired to compete at light heavyweight (175 lbs) next.
The former WBO champion said, “I’m mowing down these calories day by day. “I’m gonna come back.”
He added, “One-time world champion, two-time world champion, three-time world champion. Might even go up to light heavy. See who’s there at light heavy with a belt.”
Per the current scenario, Artur Beterbiev holds the WBO, WBC, and IBF light heavyweight titles while Dmitry Bivol holds the WBA strap. It’s hard to envision Saunders returning straight against the light heavyweight champions unless done in reality.
Amidst so many talks, Bivol is yet to announce his return officially. It remains to be seen when and where ‘Superb’ makes his return.
Billy Joe Saunders Suffered His Major Loss in Career’s Biggest Fight Against Canelo Alvarez
Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo Alvarez locked horns with all the WBC, WBA, and WBO super middleweight titles at stake. The build-up of the fight was intense with both men spitting verbal venom on each other. That said, the in-ring affair was lopsided in favor of Canelo Alvarez.
Although Saunders’ southpaw stance proved evident in the earlier stages, Alvarez stopped the bout by breaking Billy Joe Saunders’ jaw and won the career-defining clash. Saunders has been out of action ever since then.
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