23 October 2020 16:41
Billy Joe Saunders will make the second defence of his WBO Super-Middleweight World Title against British rival Martin Murray at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Friday December 4, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in all of its nine markets including the U.S. Hatfield star Saunders (29-0, 14 KOs) became a two-weight World Champion with a shutout points win over Shefat Isufi in May 2019, outclassing his Serbian opponent over 12 rounds to add the WBO 168lbs crown to his collection. The former Middleweight ruler was on the verge of securing a mega fight with Mexican pound-for-pound icon Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez earlier this year before the coronavirus pandemic turned the sporting world on its head and scuppered his shot at greatness. Four-time World Title challenger Murray (39-5-1, 17 KOs) stands in the way of unification fights for Saunders in 2021, and the St Helens man is more determined than ever to finally land a World Title of his own and put his rivalry with Saunders to bed after their scheduled meeting in 2018 fell through twice. "I am very happy to be defending my WBO World Title again," said Saunders. "I'm delighted to announce another big fight for the 2020 schedule as we close out this tough year with a huge bang," said Eddie Hearn.
"We're bringing you more World Title action on our Sky Sports schedule during a thrilling end to the boxing calendar, which also features the return of Katie Taylor and some huge Heavyweight nights on Sky Sports Box Office," said Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports. "Billy Joe Saunders defends his WBO Super-Middleweight belt in an all-British battle against Martin Murray, with live boxing back on a Friday night! Katie Taylor returns next month on a triple-header of women's World Title fights – and Britain's Heavyweights also take centre stage as Usyk vs. Billy Joe Saunders will headline Matchroom's fourth big show at the SSE Arena on Friday, Dec. 4 when he defends the WBO super-middleweight title against Martin Murray. The unbeaten champ is keen to get back in the ring after missing out on a megafight with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez thanks to COVID-19, while Murray is an opponent that very nearly opposed Saunders in 2018 only for the bout to fall through.
"I am very happy to be defending my WBO title again," said Saunders. "Martin and I were supposed to fight twice before but it didn't happen either time. He's incredibly knowledgeable in the sport of boxing and we are working on new stuff that we will show on the night." Murray (39-5-1, 17 KOs) has a host of big fight experience, but defeats to Sergio 'Maravilla' Martinez, Gennadiy 'Triple G' Golovkin and Arthur Abraham ensured that big world championship crowning moment always eluded the St Helens man. "I'm really looking forward to getting back in there and fighting for another World Title," said Murray. "There was no bad blood really between me and Billy to be honest, it was just a lot of frustration after he pulled out twice. I'm expecting a hard fight and Billy Joe to be at his best, so I'll be ready." Matchroom had recently announced that they would host four fight nights at the SSE in Wembley as part of a residency deal, and Saunders-Murray will headline the final show of that run after Oleksandr Usyk vs. Miriam Gutierrez on Nov. 14 and Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin on Nov. 21. "I'm delighted to announce another big fight for the 2020 schedule as we close out this tough year with a huge bang," said promoter Eddie Hearn. "All-British world title fights are always special, especially in the super-middleweight division, and I'm really excited to see Billy back in the ring. "We were 24 hours away from an announcement for Billy to fight Canelo when the pandemic hit and so it throws up the final roll of the dice for Martin Murray who will give it everything on December 4." The next title defense for Billy Joe Saunders is set. Saunders is the WBO Super-Middleweight Champion. To do so, he'll need to get past Martin Murray, who is a former interim WBA Middleweight Champion. Matchroom Boxing announced that Saunders vs. Here's what Saunders had to say about fighting Martin in a press release. "I am very happy to be defending my WBO World Title again. The coronavirus pandemic has affected everybody in many ways, and it has had a big impact on the sport of boxing. "Martin and I were supposed to fight twice before but it didn't happen either time. He's incredibly knowledgeable in the sport of boxing and we are working on new stuff that we will show on the night." Martin also weighed in on finally being able to share the ring with Saunders. "I'm really looking forward to getting back in there and fighting for another World Title. The big fights definitely bring out the best in me. "There was no bad blood really between me and Billy to be honest, it was just a lot of frustration after he pulled out twice. I'm expecting a hard fight and Billy Joe to be at his best, so I'll be ready."