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Fight Week, Day 3: Billy Joe Saunders vs Martin Murray

Press Conference (Behind The Scenes)!

(December 3rd) Fight week rolls into the final press conference. Billy Joe Saunders and Martin Murray reveal their past promise to fight, Lerrone Richards takes centre stage for his Matchroom debut and Shannon Courtenay calls for a rematch against Rachel Ball next year. We also do a swoop of the rooms plus much more behind the scenes!

Eddie Hearn: "We're back in the bubble for a big night of boxing this Friday, the World Super-Middleweight Championship between Billy Joe Saunders and Martin Murray, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN around the world. It's great to be here. We've been lifted by the news that fans will return for the Anthony Joshua versus Kubrat Pulev fight on December 12. 1,000 allowed into The SSE Arena, Wembley for that, so this effectively, touch wood, will be our last ever show, we hope, behind closed doors. We're ready to make the most of it, and ready for a great night of boxing."

 

Billy Joe Saunders – Hatfield, England – 29-0, 14 KOs – defending his WBO Super-Middleweight World Title against Martin Murray: "First of all I've got to thank yourself and Sky for even getting us out this year. I didn't think I was going to get out. All of the big fights were tied up, out of the fights that were left out there Martin Murray's name was screaming out. We were supposed to fight twice before, it didn't happen. He's boxed for the World Title four times, he should have been a two-time World Champion, he was on the wrong end of two decisions.

 

"People are looking at this fight as a walk in the park for me and think I should win easily. If you look at Martin, he's never took damage. He's never been beaten up in a fight. Golovkin was what it was, he got him in his prime. I promised him his shot and it's here. I believe that it's my time to shine now. I'm doing this fight for my uncle Tom who passed away who was like a dad to me.

"I want the Jacobs fights and the Canelo fights and the Andrade fights now, but sadly everyone was tied up this year. The only one really worthy of taking the fight which was available was Martin Murray. He's a four-time World Title challenger. In my opinion, two-time World Champion, so it's not a bad pick out of the bunch.

 

"I know Martin is coming to fight. I haven't been beaten on the UK soil since I've been 12-years-old. I've got a good track record, and I'm going to keep it that way. He's going to bring a good game, but afterwards he can go back to St Helens, take his cash back and have a good Christmas and retire with the family, because that's what I'm planning on doing, retiring him."

 

Martin Murray – St Helens, England – 39-5-1, 17 KOs – challenging Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO Super-Middleweight World Title: "This is my fifth one now. I know how hard a fight it's going to be. I really rate Billy Joe. We've got unfinished business. Everything happens for a reason. I firmly believe, and truly believe that the pull outs years ago, all of the little set backs that I've had, have all brought me to this point and like I said, I'm fit, focused and ready.

 

"I get it, I get why he pulled out to be honest with you. We all want those bigger fights. It makes sense. There was a little bit of frustration at the time but I left that where it was and I've got nothing against Billy. We shook hands when I got beat in my fight against N'Dam, he was on the card with me. He's here now and he's honoured his word. He's going to be in top condition himself and we're going to lay it all on the line. It's going to be a good fight.

 

"No one has ever done it in five times in the UK. I believe Groves four, Frank Bruno four, and I truly believe that there's been a reason why I've picked myself up off the couch when times have been low and I've not wanted to go to the gym, but I've forced myself to get there. There's been a reason for it and it's for Friday. For me to achieve what no-one else has done in the UK."

 

James Tennyson – Belfast, Northern Ireland – 27-3, 23 KOs – fighting Josh O'Reilly in an Eliminator for the WBA Lightweight World Title: "It's good to hear people saying things like that, it means I'm doing something right. I'm really looking forward to the fight night now. I'm going to put on a masterclass performance in another fan-pleasing fight. I come out every time and I give the fans what they want. I do what I need to do to get the win as well as that. I'm just going to go out and be me, box hard and box smart."

 

Josh O'Reilly – Hamilton, Canada – 16-0, 6 KOs – fighting James Tennyson in an Eliminator for the WBA Lightweight World Title: "I'm super excited. I've never been on a stage like this. It's awesome to get this opportunity. I'm happy to be sharing the ring with James, I think it's going to be a great fight and I'm looking forward to it. I started boxing when I was 14, I didn't really do much as an amateur but I got to travel enough with a few teams. I got over to Ireland when I was younger and I have a bunch of people supporting me out in Cavan, I got to train there for a bit. I had a really good time and I trained there for a few months when I was younger. I expect nothing less. I'm a fan, I like watching the kid. I've seen him enough and I think there's a lot of stuff I can do in there to negate a lot of the stuff he does. I've got my own plan on what's going to happen, it's just about executing it."

 

Shannon Courtenay – Watford, England – 5-1, 2 KOs – fighting Dorata Norek in an eight round Super-Bantamweight contest: "I think there's nerves with every fight, and coming off a loss I've got to prove myself now. Pressure is a privilege. If there's no pressure then nobody believes in you, so I'm taking it in my stride. I've made the choice to move, so I'm now living in a hotel next to my camp. I've made a lot of sacrifices but it's paid off because I'm at 118 for the first time. It's time to make a statement.

 

"I think it would be easy for me to sit here now and say, 'oh it's fine'. I'll be honest. I felt like the floor underneath me had been taken. I felt like my world was over. You've got to hit rock bottom to come up again. Now I've had that bitter taste of what a loss is like, I'm never going to taste it again. It's made me more determined. Mentally and physically I'm a lot stronger."

 

Dorota Norek – Watford, England – 6-1, 1 KO – fighting Shannon Courtenay in an eight round Super-Bantamweight contest: "Thank you Eddie, I am very grateful for the opportunity to be here and to participate in such a big event. I love to fight. I'm a fan of Shannon's. I've watched a lot of her fights and I know this will deliver for the fans. I come from the MMA background as you mentioned, so I'm not scared of big boxing gloves. I promise to show my full potential and my aggressive style. I'm here to win."

 

Zach Parker – Derby, England – 19-0, 13 KOs – fighting Cesar Nunez for the WBO International Super-Middleweight Title: "I've got to focus on Friday night. He's going to be a tough opponent. I can't look too far ahead with this mandatory spot. My full focus is on Friday night and Cesar Nunez. You've got to make noise with every fight. That's why people want to watch you, for the knockouts and the showbiz. Hopefully I can give a good performance and make a big fight next year with Billy Joe or any of the other World Champions. I think Saunders vs. Murray is going to be a good fight. It's last chance saloon for Martin Murray so we'll just have to see what version of him turns up. I'm picking Billy Joe on points."

 

Cesar Nunez – Pamplona, Spain – 17-2-1, 0 KOs – fighting Zach Parker for the WBO International Super-Middleweight Title: "First and foremost I would like to thank Matchroom and Sauerland for the opportunity. I'm coming to take this chance and win on Friday night."

 

Lerrone Richards – New Malden, England – 13-0, 3 KOs – fighting Timo Laine in an eight round Super-Middleweight contest: "I'm very happy and excited. Let's go! There's no pressure, I just need to do Lerrone Richards. Like I always say, it's all about the skills. On Friday night you're going to see that. Timo is a tough competitor. I'm taking him very seriously and I'm going to do a job on Friday night."

 

Timo Laine – Helsinki, Finland – 28-14, 12 KOs – fighting Lerrone Richards in an eight round Super-Middleweight contest: "It's going to be a hard challenge for me. I've seen a couple of Lerrone's fights and he looks really skilful. I want to say thanks for this opportunity. When the fight starts I have to get going straight away. It's eight rounds and I have to be fast."

 

Lewis Edmondson – Southampton, England – 3-0 – fighting John Telford in a six round Super-Middleweight contest: "Firstly I'd like to say thank you to Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren. I'm contracted to Frank Warren, I don't know if anyone knows, but they've come together for this one and let me get on the bill, so I'd like to thank them for that. I feel like I'm ready to move forward. I feel like I done well as an amateur, I won National Titles and boxed for England. I feel like that's helped me. I've got great fighters training alongside me like Billy Joe Saunders and a great team around me. I'm looking to move forwards fast. I've seen a little bit of John. I'm 25 and I don't want to wait around too long, I want to get in the mix."

 

John Telford – Manchester, England – 11-2-1, 2 KOs – fighting Lewis Edmondson in a six round Super-Middleweight contest: "It's a big opportunity for myself. We only got a week's notice but we were already training to box three weeks ago on the Ultimate Boxxer show. That fell through because of my opponent testing positive for COVID. We had a couple of days off then had a call that very weekend asking if we'd be interested on boxing on a Matchroom show. I jumped at the chance. I've had a quick look at Lewis, he seems good at what he does. There's not a lot to look at in his professional career. We've seen what he did as an amateur, let's see how it stands him on the night. Good on him for jumping straight up, there needs to be a lot more of that in the sport now."

 

Donte Dixon – Sheffield, England – 4-0, 3 KOs – fighting Angelo Dragone in a six round Featherweight contest: "I'm looking forward to it and I'm ready to go. All through training everything has gone well. All of my road work has been done and all of my work in the gym has been done. I just can't wait to fight now. Billy always gets on to you about me and that's good, I kind of like it because he wants me to get out there so he gives me these opportunities. He knows I can perform. I look forward to putting on a good performance on Friday.

 

"This is another tough opponent for me but the better they are, the better I'm going to perform. I like that it's going to be a tough one. I'm happy with my progress right now. I've sparred a lot of these guys and I hold my own against them. Right now I'm on the right track. When we get those fights in the future, I'll do good against them guys."

 

Angelo Dragone – Carmarthen, Wales – 5-1 – fighting Donte Dixon in a six round Featherweight contest: "100% I'm ready for this. I've trained really hard, we had a six-week training camp and I've trained twice a day every day. I'd just like to thank Matchroom for the opportunity. We've seen some upsets over the last few weeks and there's going to be another upset on Friday night. I'm ready to go. I'm a 30-year-old man, he's younger, a 20-year-old. All of the hype is around him. I'm an experienced man, I've been involved in Title fights on live TV. I've been there and I've done it. Let's see if he can beat the stallion. I'll be on him from the first round to the sixth round. I'm going to set a fast pace, I'm always in battles. I'm going to give 100% to get the win."

 

Saunders vs. Murray tops of big night of action in London, Belfast's James Tennyson (27-3, 23 KOs) meets Canada's Josh O'Reilly (16-0, 6 KOs) in an Eliminator for the WBA Lightweight World Title, Watford Super-Bantamweight Shannon Courtenay (5-1, 2 KOs) looks to return to winning ways against Poland's Dorota Nurek (6-1, 1 KO), Derby's Zach Parker (19-0, 13 KOs) takes on Spain's Cesar Nunez (17-2-1, 9 KOs) for the WBO International Super-Middleweight Title, New Malden Super-Middleweight talent Lerrone Richards (13-0, 3 KOs) makes his Matchroom debut, Southamptons' Lewis Edmondson (3-0) clashes with Manchester's John Telford (11-2-1, 2 KOs) over six rounds at Super-Middleweight and exciting Sheffield Featherweight Donte Dixon (4-0, 3 KOs) meets Welshman Angelo Dragone (5-1) over six rounds.

 

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About Matchroom Boxing

After the success of snooker in the 1980s, Matchroom Sport moved into boxing with two small hall shows followed by Frank Bruno v Joe Bugner at Tottenham Hotspur’s ground – the biggest boxing event of 1987. That launched the company into the boxing big-time, a position it has maintained ever since.

 

Through the 1990s Matchroom Sport’s boxing roster featured many of the biggest names in the sport including Lennox Lewis, Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, Steve Collins and Naseem Hamed, all in world title fights and it continues to work with some of the biggest names in UK boxing including Audley Harrison, the 2000 Olympic Super-Heavyweight gold medalist.

 

Over the years, Matchroom Sport has built up long-standing relationships with broadcasters around the world and with the advent of the Prizefighter phenomenon, the company’s boxing division has never been in a stronger position.

 

From fantastic six round scraps between the sport’s journeymen, up to multi-million-dollar World Championship contests featuring the above fighters, the Pro Box series has it all. Each show is packed with the very best in boxing action in a series that encompasses almost 25 years of Matchroom Sport’s commitment to bringing the highest quality to the global television market.

Murray: I Feel Like It’s My Time - St Helens Warrior

Ready To Rip Up the Script and Finally Land World Title!

(December 3rd) Martin Murray believes it is finally his time to land a World Title at the fifth attempt when he takes on undefeated WBO Super-Middleweight World Champion Billy Joe Saunders in Friday's main event at The SSE Arena, Wembley, shown LIVE on Sky Sports and DAZN.

 

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.

 

“It’s a difficult fight, like all my big fights,” said Murray. “Billy Joe offers me something different. He’s kind of like Sergio Martinez, obviously younger and slicker. I’ve been training for it. I’m ready for it. I’m confident. All the little setbacks I’ve had in the past have been building to this. I feel like it’s my time.

 

"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. That got left where it was, but we've definitely got some unfinished business. I'm expecting a hard fight and Billy Joe to be at his best, so I'll be ready."

 

Despite his age, Murray believes that he is more than fit enough to compete with Saunders, who is seven years younger than him. Asked if he believes the age difference is important, he said, “I don’t. I look after myself between fights.

 

“I do a lot of training, eat right. I’m a young 38. I know there’s a big win in me. Everyone’s writing me off. There’s no pressure on me. But I know that I rise to the big occasions. You’ll see the best of me."

 

Murray has suggested that his rival had an easier route to a World Title than his own career had given him. Saunders landed the WBO Middleweight crown against Andy Lee in 2015, and then WBO 168lbs Title against Shefat Isufi in 2019, whilst Murray fell short against Felix Sturm, Sergio Martinez, Gennadiy Golovkin  and Arthur Abraham.

 

“He’s not fought the opposition I’ve had. If I’d had fought the people he’s fought, I’d have a World Title. I’ve done it the hard way.”

 

Murray, who hasn't fought since he outpointed Sladan Janjanin at the Olympia in Liverpool back in November 2019, also admitted that the coronavirus pandemic had led him to believe that his career may have been brought to a premature end.

 

“I thought, ‘It’s ruined my career.’” he added. “I almost called it a day. I thought it could finish my career. I’ve always believed in myself, there’s always been hope, and I thought that it was going to finish my career, and it’s ended up making it.

 

"It would be nice to finish the year on a high, and for my career I’ve worked for a World Title and I’ve been in some lonely places. I’d never have believed it but here we are.

 

"I had an unhealthy obsession with winning a World Title. No one has won one from St Helens. Now I am a lot more relaxed about the situation. On Friday, I really do feel it's my time."

Fight Week, Day 2: Billy Joe Saunders vs Martin Murray  Media Day (Behind The Scenes)!

(December 2nd) More fighters, including bill topper Martin Murray and Shannon Courtenay are freed into the bubble. The fighters go through various media obligations and hit the games room for some down time... Billy Joe Saunders shows his hand at table tennis and much more!

“Tennyson Gets Hit Easily!” - Josh O’Reilly

Confident He Can Halt "The Assassin"!

(December 1st) Unbeaten Canadian Josh O'Reilly believes he has what it takes to beat James Tennyson and move a step closer to a World Title shot. The 16-0 Lightweight fights in the UK for the first time for this WBA eliminator on the Billy Joe Saunders vs Martin Murray undercard.

"This Is My Time" - Martin Murray Vows

To Win World Title At Fifth Attempt vs Billy Joe Saunders!

(December 1st) Martin Murray knows this could be his last chance at the big time. The 38 year old plans to snatch the WBO World Super-Middleweight Title from Billy Joe Saunders this Friday night, using the late - great Oliver Harrison's name as added inspiration.

Tennyson: I Want the Opportunities

With the Big Names - Belfast Powerhouse

Confident Ahead of World Title Eliminator!

(December 1st) James Tennyson says he is ready to step up to the next level and mix it with the best 135lbs fighters on the planet, and the heavy-handed Belfast banger intends on proving it when he takes on unbeaten Canadian Josh O'Reilly at The SSE Arena, Wembley this Friday, LIVE on Sky Sports and DAZN.

 

'The Assassin' (27-3, 23 KOs) continued his destructive form last time out at Matchroom Fight Camp in August when he claimed the vacant British Lightweight Title with a ruthless sixth round stoppage win over brave but battered Welshman Gavin Gwynne.

 

A second World Title shot is within touching distance for Tennyson if he defeats O'Reilly in their WBA Lightweight World Title Eliminator, but Tennyson isn't writing off his opponent, acknowledging that he has a strong track record and plenty to fight for.

 

“This is a big step forward, a World Title Eliminator," said Tennyson. "It can open some doors and opportunities for me. I know I can mix it with those guys. I want the opportunities with the big names.

 

“I haven’t watched too much of O'Reilly. Tony (Dunlop) is happy with how training is going. We’re very confident of getting the win on Friday. He’s ranked above me. It’s a must win. It’s just about winning, whether or not it looks good.

 

“He’s 16 and 0, and holds two Titles, the IBA Intercontinental Lightweight Title and NABA Lightweight Title. He’s very confident and clearly he’s here to win. It’s his big opportunity, it’s not one I can take lightly with the rewards at the end of it.

 

“I’m very highly motivated. I haven’t stopped thinking about a World Title. Fighting at that level is where I want to be. I’m working very hard to get myself into that position again. It’s a stage of boxing I’ve wanted to get back at. I want to bring big fights back to Belfast. It’s a dream. It’s one I’m getting closer to.”

Fight Week, Day 1:

Billy Joe Saunders vs Martin Murray Arrivals

Saunders: I  Haven’t Overlooked Martin Two-Weight

World Champ Focused On All-British Showdown!

(December 1st) Billy Joe Saunders insists that he hasn't overlooked four-time World Title challenger Martin Murray as he prepares to put his WBO Super-Middleweight crown on the line for the second time this Friday at The SSE Arena, Wembley, shown LIVE on Sky Sports and DAZN.

 

Hatfield star Saunders (29-0, 14 KOs) 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.

 

Saunders, who was scheduled to face Murray twice in 2018, has expressed his desire to take on the winner of Alvarez vs. Callum Smith in a huge unification battle in 2021, but the 31-year-old two-weight World Champion has refused to underestimate St Helens man Murray.

 

“I just want to get one in before the end of the year,” said Saunders. “There’s a lot of fighters struggling to get out. I’ve had a major disappointment. The Canelo fight fell through in May. On Friday we’ll rock and roll.

 

“If you want to go on professional experience, he’s had more fights than me. He’s challenged for the World Title four times. He should have been World Champion in two of those fights. I’ve promised him a chance.

 

“There’s always a risk I could get in there and get knocked out in one round. There’s a risk to people’s lives. I haven’t overlooked Martin. I’ve trained myself the best I can for the date. I know he doesn’t lay down, I can’t afford that kind of performance.

 

“Martin has his own mind. He’s prepared how he wants to prepare, whether he wants to train on emotion, grit or experience. He has to find a way to beat me and that will be difficult for any fighters on the planet. I can sense frustration from Martin’s camp. We had two fights that fell through.

 

“I would be disappointed if I went in there and blew him away in one round. I need rounds for next year. I need to get in there, in the real thing, to go into the big fights next year. To get over that bridge I need to beat Martin Murray. He’s not one of those fighters you can ever completely right off.”

Billy Joe Saunders: "I'll Put On Masterclass Against

  Martin Murray Then I Want Canelo vs Smith Winner!"

(video premieres 2pm)

(November 29th) WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders talks from inside the bubble ahead of his World Title defence vs Martin Murray on Friday 4th December 2020. Saunders also talks Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith's upcoming fight and why he wants the winner!

Tennyson Faces O’Reilly In World Title Eliminator

Zach Parker Clashes With Cesar Nunez

On Billy Joe Saunders / Martin Murray

WBO Super-Middleweight World Title Undercard, Dec. 4th!

(November 24th) James Tennyson will face Josh O’Reilly in an Eliminator for the WBA Lightweight World Title on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders WBO Super-Middleweight World Title defence against Martin Murray at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Friday December 4, shown LIVE on Sky Sports and DAZN.

 

Tennyson (27-3, 23 KOs) continued his destructive form last time out in August at Matchroom Fight Camp as he claimed the vacant British Lightweight Title with a powerful sixth round stoppage win over brave Welshman Gavin Gwynne.

 

O’Reilly (16-0, 6 KOs) is undefeated in 16 fights since turning professional in July 2014, and the 29-year-old Canadian holds the North American Boxing Association Lightweight Title and a top ten ranking with the WBA.

 

"I've been grafting away with Eddie for over three years now and it has been an incredible journey, and while I’ve collected British, Commonwealth & European Titles, I feel I'm only getting warmed up," said Tennyson. "I want the full deck, so I am continuously prepared to go deep until I get the World Title.

 

“Josh O’Reilly is undefeated and a great test for me, he is ranked 8 with the WBA and is their North American Champion, I am number 10 and the WBA International Champion, so we both have a lot to gain and it is a great achievement for us both to get this far.

 

“While it is pretty amazing to be out twice this year in big fights given the current climate we are living in, I’m getting pretty fed up with hearing these American's names being thrown about as the next big thing. I would take Gamboa out in a few rounds and after the O’Reilly eliminator, I want to be headlining bills!"

 

Following a stunning 11th round knockout win in his last fight, Derby's Zach Parker (19-0, 13 KOs) will be looking to impress again as he takes on Spain's Cesar Nunez (17-2-1, 9 KOs) for the WBO International Super-Middleweight Title, aiming to keep hold of his Mandatory spot for Saunders' World Title.

 

“I’m here and I’m ready to go again,” said Parker. “Everyone knows I’m in the game to win World Titles and fight on big shows. I’m ranked by the WBO as Billy Joe Saunders' Mandatory, he knows who I am, and I’m coming for him. It is my dream to bring a World Title back to Derby and I’ve worked really hard with my team to get into a place where we’re not far from a shot at that."

 

Tennyson vs. O'Reilly and Parker vs. Nunez land on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders (29-0, 14 KOs) WBO Super-Middleweight World Title defence against Martin Murray (39-5-1, 17 KOs), with more undercard additions to be announced shortly.

Saunders vs Murray

Lands on December 4th Rivals Meet

In All-British Super-Middleweight World Title Clash!

(October 23rd) 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 haven’t boxed for a year and I really do miss being in the ring. I can’t wait to have my 30th professional fight and finish the year with a bang before a big 2021.

 

"The coronavirus pandemic has affected everybody in many ways, and it has had a big impact on the sport of boxing. The Canelo Alvarez fight falling through was very frustrating for me but now the journey continues in December.

 

"Martin and I were supposed to fight twice before but it didn’t happen either time. He said some stuff and so did I, so let’s see who can back it up. I’m enjoying training with Mark Tibbs. He's incredibly knowledgeable in the sport of boxing and we are working on new stuff that we will show on the night."

 

"I'm really looking forward to getting back in there and fighting for another World Title," said Murray. "The big fights definitely bring out the best in me. This year has been a good year for me personally. It seemed like all the stresses of life were taken away so I really enjoyed being able to relax a bit more and spend even more time with my family.

 

"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. That got left where it was, but we've definitely got some unfinished business. I'm expecting a hard fight and Billy Joe to be at his best, so I'll be ready."

 

“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. "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."

 

“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. Chisora, Povetkin vs. Whyte 2 and AJ vs. Pulev will guarantee Heavyweight drama.”

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