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Saunders Hopes To Land Title Crack at Darren Barker

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS plans to snatch pal Darren Barker’s IBF middleweight title. The Romany Gypsy defends his British title against John Ryder at London’s Copper Box Arena tomorrow night.

And he hopes that victory in that will lead to a title challenge against Barker, who became world champion by defeating Daniel Geale last month.

Saunders, 24, said: “Not only is Darren a good fighter, he’s a cracking fella. No-one deserves it more after what he’s been through.

“From a personal viewpoint, it makes it easier for me if there’s a world middleweight title to aim for in this country, rather than having to travel to the USA, Germany, Australia or wherever.

“I’d like to think me against Darren could happen sometime next year, but if the fight was made for this Saturday, I wouldn’t turn it down.

“I was bred to fight. That’s just the way I was made. If someone offered me a fight on the street, I’d take it. I’m a fighting man.”

Saunders has won all of his 18 professional bouts, while Ryder has an unbeaten record in his 15 bouts. Saunders said of the eagerly-anticipated domestic dust-up:

“I’ve prepared for a very tough contest.

“It will be fought at a very high pace and I expect there will be action right from the start. As long as John Ryder’s still standing, he’s going to pose a threat.

“I’ve got to be respectful of that. We’ll see exactly what he’s got once the first bell sounds.

“In my mind, I’m expecting John will be the best boxer and the best fighter I’ve ever faced.

“My only prediction is that I will win. In boxing, there’s no prize for second place.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by wja1966 on 09-20-2013

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;13766926]That's the bad thing about Barker winning. A lot of these Brit ham and eggers are going to think they can get a title shot now. Saunders wouldn't be anywhere in the running if Geale had won.[/QUOTE] Believe it or…

Comment by Kilrain on 09-20-2013

Saunders would give Barker all he could handle, but he's still 2-3 fights away from a world title shot. I doubt Barker hangs onto his title for 2-3 defences unless he's matched very carefully and has home advantage.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 09-19-2013

That's the bad thing about Barker winning. A lot of these Brit ham and eggers are going to think they can get a title shot now. Saunders wouldn't be anywhere in the running if Geale had won.

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