Billy Joe Saunders is out to prove that he's the best of the British middleweights this year.
The British and Commonwealth Champion puts both titles on the line this Thursday night at the York Hall against Manchester puncher Matthew Hall, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
With Martin Murray, Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker all in the domestic mix, Saunders wants to face at least one of his rivals this year
Still only 23 and with his rivals all 30, Saunders says the best is yet to come from him.
"I'm in this business to prove that I'm the best and I'll do that this year," Said Saunders.
"The domestic middleweight division is really heating up and there are some talented lads in there with Murray, Macklin and Barker,"
"I'd love to test myself against any of them and I'm confident that I could beat any of them. That's not being big-headed, I know what I can do and so do my trainers and I just have to prove it,"
"I'm just 23 and have plenty of time on my side, while these lads are 30, I want to fight them the sooner the better really and then look to a European title."
The Hatfield star says he sees Hall as a threat as he's upset the applecart before beating prospects Kirs Carslaw and Kerry Hope.
"Hall's tough, come-forward and strong and he'll give me a lot to think about," added Saunders.
"I haven't taken him lightly, he's still dangerous and will be out to spring a surprise,"
"I've worked too long and hard to win the British and Commonwealth titles, though, and I'm not letting them go,"
"Hall's good, but I'm better and you'll see me at my best on Thursday night and retaining my title in knockout style."
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Menay “the emperor” Edwards fresh from a shut out win over former British Champion Shane McPhilbin takes on his toughest test to date on April 5th in the Goodwin Promotions promoted “Its Banjo time” show at Grays Essex when he takes on World ranked number 77 (Boxrec) Arturs Kulikauskis (9-15-3).
Whilst Kulikauskis record may not look inspiring it hides the real standing of the man. Only 22 Arturs took on the role of journeyman. However November 2012 changed that when he won a shutout 80-72 against former British Champion Leon Williams. He then unsuccefully challenged the highly regarded Italian Marko Larghetti (18-0) before defeating former European Champion and two time World title challenger (WBO and WBA) Yuriy Barashian from the Ukraine.
Without a doubt this is a gamble for Edwards now managed and promoted by Steve Goodwin but a win against Kulikauskis will take Edwards into the top 6 of the Uk rankings and break into the World 100 rankings.
“I am delighted with this opportunity” said Edwards. This is why I signed with Steve Goodwin. “He promised me the opportunities and he is delivering. I am more active now and will be looking for a British title challenge in the next twelve months”.
The Edwards v Kulikauskis Cruiserweight clash is part of an exciting card featuring three title fights
Headlining is local lad Lee "The Banjo" Markham from Grays in his first title contest over 10 rounds at Middleweight. Lee has won 7 from 8 contests and has been very impressive since signing with Steve Goodwin with two stoppages over two previously unbeaten fighters and winning all three fights under the GP banner by stoppage. Lee takes on the tough Harry "The Pocklington Rocket" Matthews who gave Chris Eubank jr a tough fight in his most recent contest. This will be an all action war and is a contest that should not be missed.
In the joint main event curent WBF Champion Chris Goodwin who has won 16 from 19 fights takes on Oisin Fagan for the International Masters Lightweight title. This is a real grudge match with Fagan who has formally competed for International title honours in this past.
"The Tornado" Tyler Goodjohn came close to winning his first title in 2012 when he lost a close decision to now southern Area Champion Danny Connor. Tyler looks to make amends as he takes on Dave "Dessie" O'Connor from Plymouth in what will be another exciting clash. Both boxers have come forward aggressive styles.
New Heavyweight star Ian Lewison also features on the show in an International contest.
Jimmy Coyle former National amateur champion has his first fight under the Goodwin banner since signing a long term deal. Jimmy defeated current world champion Nathan Cleverly as an amateur and fights in a 4x3 Middleweight contest. Jimmy takes on the xpereienced "Isle of wight Assassin" Jay Morris.
Exciting heavyweight AJ Carter makes his professional debut. AJ takes on the durable Paul Morris from Lancashire
Light-Middleweight Billy Cayzer has his first fight since his shock loss to Bulgarian Champion Stillian Kostov. Billy takes on the tough Dee Mitchell from Birmingham.
Myley Cash has his second professional contest at Middleweight. Myley takes on Dan Blackwell from Wiltshire.
Mike Evans (4-0) puts his undefeated record on the line at Super-Middleweight
Further information can be found at www.goodwinpromotions.co.uk