Billy Joe Saunders: No One Has Seen The Best of Me Yet

Billy Joe Saunders insists boxing has not yet seen the best of him and hopes he gets the opportunity to show it in 2019.

Saunders, then WBO middleweight champion, had been set to face Demetrius Andrade when he was denied a license by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (MSAC) in October due to an "adverse analytical finding" in a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association test.

The 29-year-old relinquished his title to challenge MSAC's decision, before he was last month reinstated in the WBO rankings as the number one contender.


Saunders now wants to show his worth, believing it is time for him to deliver as he enters his peak years.

"When I turned pro, my goal was to become a millionaire and be out of the sport at 31," he told the Evening Standard. "My best asset is my movement. From 29 to 31 you are at your absolute peak. Sometimes that window shuts for people.

"I've done all right but I have been sensible with my money. I have earned more money in property than from boxing. But without boxing, I wouldn't have had the money to invest. I've done alright.

"If I wanted to retire now at 29, I could and still be comfortable. But no one has seen the best of me yet and that's the worrying thing for me; will I ever get that chance?"

He added: "I don't feel the world is against me. I am not important enough for the world to be against me, but people were within their rights to have a little kick when I was down.

"You can do a million things wrong, you can be called all sorts of things, but do something right and sometimes you capture the imagination. In boxing, where you have to do right is inside those ropes. Do that and people will warm to you.

"My goal this year is to show people what I have got. If they like me, they like me. If they don't, I can't control that. I'm doing this for myself and my family."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by robbyheartbaby on 02-11-2019

[QUOTE=Lazy Jab;19496036]Dude I don't understand how you see it that way. BJS has some how avoided the top 160lbers at any given time since he has won the WBO strap. I understand mandatories but theres always been fighters who were…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 02-11-2019

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;19496231]fukit, I am gonna say it..... the best middleweight in the world is likely the winner of Canelo/Saunders I slightly favor Canelo slightly there, I said it[/QUOTE] Yeah yeah aboutfkntime you know your s*** 160 is looking interesting in 2019!…

Comment by Adamsc151 on 02-08-2019

[QUOTE=GlassJoey;19494982]The Monroe fight was definitely not easy on the eye but BJS looked okay in that one. Somewhere directly between the Lemieux and Akavov fights.[/QUOTE] The Munroe might not have been quite as bad as the Akavov fight, but it…

Comment by hugh grant on 02-08-2019

No more injury please. But against lemieux you was pretty good. So might ve seen best

Comment by micky1971 on 02-08-2019

[QUOTE=KidDinamita;19496304]And its true, no one has seen the best of him yet... all of a sudden he is a Driving Instructor for his kid. Never too late to start another career :rofl::rofl::rofl:

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