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Billy Joe Saunders Wants Cotto or Canelo Unification Next

By Shaun Brown

Billy Joe Saunders says he wants to fight four-weight world champion Miguel Cotto or new WBC Middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

The unbeaten Brit (23-0, 12 KOs) became the new WBO World middleweight champion tonight in Manchester after defeating Andy Lee via a majority decision (114-112, 115-113, 113-113). Saunders dropped the Irishman twice in the third round en route to capturing world honours.

Speaking to the media afterwards, the 26-year-old southpaw said: “I’ve beat Chris Eubank Jr and Spike (O’Sullivan) and now I’ve beat the world champ Andy Lee. I want Cotto or Canelo.”

Saunders adds the world title after winning the Southern Area, Commonwealth, British and European 160lb titles since his eleventh fight in 2011.

The defeated Andy Lee said the new champion deserved the win but added: “I would like another go of it. I felt I finished stronger but the two knockdowns cost me the fight.”

Shaun Brown is Boxing Scene’s UK News Editor. Follow him on Twitter @sbrown2pt0. Contact him at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by TLC8 on 12-20-2015

Just weak... That's a "Cotto move". Gutless

Comment by casheddie on 12-20-2015

[QUOTE=Ray*;16338722]Ward came out and said he would take 3 fights before fighting Kovalev why? Because [B]he is the man at the division[/B] and [B]you don't go to a man house without preparing yourself.[/B] That I can live with, because he…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 12-20-2015

Easy fight for Canelo and free belt to add to his collection. Why not canelo busts this dude up all day.

Comment by gmc_rfc_06 on 12-20-2015

He can give Miguel a fight. Canelo will bulldoze him though. Physically dominate him and outbox him.

Comment by R_Walken on 12-20-2015

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;16339348]I agree, coward? It's a bit rich for a guy that just won a middleweight belt. He will want to do what's best for him, not the keyboard warriors on here![/QUOTE] Yeah it's crazy , every one says they want…

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