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 Last update:  7/21/2012       Read more by John Hargate         
   
Billy Joe Saunders Relishes Martin Murray Showdown
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By John Hargate

Commonwealth middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has been ordered to meet British middleweight champion Martin Murray for latters British title by the British Boxing Board of Control before the end of October 2012.

Billy Joe, 14-0 (9), told BoxingScene that hes relishing the prospect of stepping up in class. I fight who they put in front of me, and if they put Martin Murray in front of me in my next fight, Ill be fighting him, he said.

Ive had a lot of amateur experience, and I think that Im ready for anyone in Britain now. In this game youve got to take a chance when you get it, and heres my chance now.

Saunders continued: Murray had a draw with the world titlist Felix Sturm, and if I got in there and beat him, Sturm might look at me and want to give me a world title shot. This is my chance and Im going to take it.

There has been talk already that Murray may vacate. I think Martin Murray will fancy it and take it, Saunders rebutted. Hes a champion and hes a good fighter. I see no reason why not. Everything is in his favour, so well see who the purse bids go to, see what he does and well see how it goes. But Im up for fighting him anyway.

Could a win over Murray lead to a world title shot? Sturms getting old now hes a little bit rusty on his legs. A couple of good twelve round fights and Ill be ready for Sturm myself. Im 22 now I want to be moving on fast, moving on quick. I think this is my route to do it.

Middleweight is one of Britains strongest divisions domestically. I asked Billy Joe how hed compare himself to Murray, Barker and Macklin? What is the distance between us at the minute is experience. At twenty-two, I know they wasnt as good as me. A little bit more experience and I know Ill be ready for all of them. Come next year, Ill be ready for the lot.

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comment by HughJass, on 07-21-2012
come on bill son this is a big chance to show your true class ill be very surprised if murray vacates hes a proud champion and has nothing on at the moment billy joe all day long the boy is a prodigy this should be cracking fight if it comes off

comment by fladz, on 07-21-2012
Disappointing if Murray vacates, this could be a great fight.

comment by Uncle Rodge, on 07-21-2012
I like this fight a lot. I'm confident Saunders is ready.

comment by Fishkie, on 07-21-2012
Cracking fight! Hope this one happens.

comment by D-MiZe, on 07-21-2012
Wouldn't be surprised if Murray vacates. This will be a great fight if it happens though. Put Gavin on the same bill with his coming-out fight against Matthew Hatton.

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