Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Frank Warren: Saunders Needs To Make Statement With Monroe

By Frank Warren

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS has the perfect platform to prove that he rightly belongs in the big three middleweights of the world at the Copper Box on Saturday evening

Against the talented New Yorker Willie Monroe jr, Bill has a big opportunity to put a marker down and demonstrate that he is a force to be reckoned with.

To the thrilling backdrop of the Las Vegas blockbuster between Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez taking place a few hours later – also on BoxNation – it is up to Bill to go out there and stake his claim to fight the winner.

saunders-monroe_1

People shouldn’t forget that he is a genuine world champion. Yes, he has had his bad luck, but everybody is fed up with hearing about that now, so Bill just needs to make a statement against Monroe and remind people what he is all about.

Bill needs to put on a performance that makes people demand he takes his place in a unification fight, that is the most important thing about this fight and Bill certainly appears switched on and has his eyes firmly on the prize.

We have known all along that he possesses the skill and talent but, in boxing, this on its own is not enough. It is about living and breathing the sport and that is what Bill has been doing in preparation for this fight and hopefully it will translate into a top performance on Saturday.

He is definitely looking the part now – he looks like a fighter in his prime. I remember build ups to fights in the past where I have been fretting a bit about his weight and conditioning at this stage. Not this time.

What we should remember though is that he is – and has always been – a really good fighter, no doubt about that. When he went to the Olympics he looked the most talented fighter out of the bunch and he has gone on and won a world title, so he has done what has been asked of him.

Now he wants to get seriously into the big time, so he has got to get past Monroe – who is the gatekeeper in the way – and he has got to kick that door down.
However, Monroe isn’t coming over for the ride and I think he will have the bit between his teeth after Bill, more or less, said that he’s got no heart.

He will be seeking to prove otherwise and it could well be the case that Bill has inspired him more than he has wound him up.

Bill says that beating Monroe will be as hard as he himself wants to make it and that has been the case in all of his fights to date. To my mind, he should want to make this one easy and look good.

If he were to blitz him in one round I would be over the moon.

I know we all want to get rounds and see good fights, but I just want to see Bill validate the belief I have always had in him and show the public that he is a great champion by making a statement in the ring.

There really will be no better time to do it.

BoxNation subscription is £12 per month plus £8 registration fee for Sky TV. €15 per month plus €10 registration fee for ROI Sky TV customers. £11 per month with no registration fee for Virgin Media customers. £12 per month and no registration fee for TalkTalk, Freeview, EE, online and app (iOS, Android, Amazon) customers. No minimum term. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by giacomino on 09-13-2017

Is that statement that he can beat GGG leftovers? Good for him

Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-13-2017

I think Monroe has a solid chance to upset BJS here, but even if BJS comes away with the expected W I highly doubt he makes a statement doing it. BJS gots some skills, but he's neglected them for too…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Photos: Dorticos, Kudryashov - Face To Face at Final WBSS Presser Lipinets-Kondo IBF 140-Pound Title Fight on Wilder-Ortiz Card Photos: Gilberto Ramirez, Jesse Hart - Face To Face at Final Presser Photos: Oscar Valdez, Genesis Servania - Face To Face at Presser Photos: Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz - NY Press Conference Roach: I Had Golovkin Win By 2, Tough To Beat Canelo in The U.S. UKAD Responds To Tyson Fury Over Claims on Delaying Ruling News: Ivan Dychko, Nico Hernandez, Ruben Villa, More Wilder: Luis Ortiz is The Boogeyman - He's Getting Knocked Out! Josh Taylor vs. Miguel Vazquez on November 11 in Edinburgh Tony Bellew Tells David Haye on Rematch: I Oblige You! LIVE STREAM: Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz - NY Press Conference Dereck Chisora Inks Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn Jake LaMotta, The Raging Bull, Passes Away at 95 Bellew Warns That He May End David Haye in First 10 Seconds Sergey Kovalev: I'm Not Broken Mentally From TKO Loss to Ward Golovkin's Trainer Explains Lack of Body Work Against Canelo Daniel Jacobs: If Canelo Got a Draw - Then I Beat Golovkin! Corcoran: When I beat Jeff Horn, I'll face Bradley Skeete no problem Hughie Fury Vows To Stop Parker After Canelo-Golovkin Scoring Conor Benn Pumped To Return on Crolla vs. Burns Card Ingle Very Pleased With Billy Joe Saunders' Win Over Monroe Lolenga Mock Gets New Foe, Manny Siaca Forced To Withdraw Sanchez on Canelo: I Thought He Don't F*** Around? He Ran! Donaire Had Flashbacks Over Canelo-Golovkin Scoring By Byrd Jesse Hart: I've Been Waiting Patiently To Become a Superstar Mario Barrios Stops Naim Nelson in Seven Rounds Golovkin's Promoter: Dallas Should Be Frontrunner For Rematch Miguel Cotto Exec: Canelo-GGG Outcome Does Not Alter Plans Photos: Oscar Valdez Putting in Work For Genesis Servania Bout Canelo's Manager Not Sure if Golovkin Rematch Happens in May Photos: Gilberto Ramirez, Jesse Hart - Open Workouts Photos: Leo Santa Cruz Putting in Work For Chris Avalos Fight News: Nate Green, Seldin-Garrido Undercard, FightNight Live Nelson: Wilder Can Change Perception With Big Win Over Ortiz Arum: Golovkin Won Easy; What Were Byrd and Trella Watching?! Photos: Rio Ferdinand Holds Presser To Announce Boxing Career Canelo-Golovkin: Golden Boy Prefers To Do Immediate Rematch Gary Corcoran Hopes Jeff Horn Title Fight is Finalized Soon Parker vs. Fury - Terry O'Connor Replaced As Referee
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement