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Billy Joe Saunders Splits With Jimmy Tibbs

By Elliot Foster

Billy Joe Saunders has parted company with his trainer.

The WBO middleweight champion had been mentored by Jimmy Tibbs since turning professional after the 2008 Olympics.

But after the pair were not working together for Saunders’ last fight earlier this month, when he laboured to a points victory over Artur Akavov to retain his crown at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley, Scotland, it has now been revealed that the 27-year-old will have to look for a new mentor heading into 2017.

Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) won the world title last December in Manchester, exclusively live on BoxNation, outpointing Andy Lee and made his first defence, against Akavov and following a succession of issues throughout the year, with Danny Vaughan, Johnney Roye and Ben Davies in his corner.

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And the undefeated man’s promoter Frank Warren confirmed the news to Gareth A Davies.

“In [Saunders’] last fight there were a lot of problems, there were problems with his training and he’s now parted company with Jimmy Tibbs, who wasn’t in his corner for his last fight,” Warren told talkSPORT’s Fight Club on Monday.

“There were issues there and I’m sure he’ll be working with a new trainer in the new year.”

Warren went on to talk to the Daily Telegraph’s boxing correspondent about the lethargy within his man’s last performance, which the fighter himself called ‘terrible’ in the aftermath.

“He’s old enough and sensible enough to know that that [performance] was a wake-up call for him and that he can’t let that happen again.

“Bill at his best is a real tough fighter to beat, with a great amateur and professional pedigree, but he has had a crappy year this year and that was his only fight.

“He’s got to be busy and he knows what he’s got to do otherwise he’ll fall by the wayside.”

Saunders was ordered at the WBO Convention earlier this year to make back-to-back mandatory defences.

Further details regarding his training setup will be revealed in due course.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bboy80 on 12-23-2016

Don't really think it will matter who the coach is, Billy is not impressive.

Comment by taes on 12-23-2016

If you want to call being 50lb overweight an injury fine - not to say that carrying that excess baggage didn't bring on the injuries! Not having the right mental frame for the game isn't excusable. If he was a…

Comment by robertzimmerman on 12-22-2016

[QUOTE=Tobi.G;17297125]Well his skills are not impressive. And he has no punch. Punch is not trainable, at least not mutch. He is a fighter like Daniel Geale or Matthew Macklin.[/QUOTE] His skills are impressive. It's his focus that lets him down.…

Comment by robertzimmerman on 12-22-2016

[QUOTE=taes;17296383]He's no great shakes as a fighter. MW division is weak and he scrapes into top 10 because of it - his last fight actually leaves him outside the top 10. The guy's mentality is all wrong, just not capable…

Comment by HeadBodyBodyBody on 12-21-2016

Well that's that, then. Billy's f*cked now

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