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Photos: Billy Joe Saunders, Willie Monroe - Face To Face in London

WBO Middleweight World Champion Billy Joe Saunders will make the second defense of his crown against New York's Willie Monroe Jr. on Saturday, September 16th at London's Copper Box Arena, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

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Hatfield's Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) defeated Irish hero Andy Lee to take the WBO strap in a close and absorbing fight back in December 2015 that saw the undefeated star floor the former Champion twice in the third round and go on to claim a majority decision from the judges.

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A series of injuries led to a frustrating 2016 for Saunders, but he eventually defended his belt last December against Artur Akavov in Glasgow. Saunders was not at his best, but outpointed the game Russian. He was due to take on Avtandil Khurtsidze before the Georgian's arrest in June.

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Monroe Jr (21-2, 6 KOs) has a second chance at winning a World Title after a sixth round stoppage loss against IBF, WBA and WBC Middleweight World Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin back in 2015. Since then the 30-year-old has won two decisions over John Thompson and Gabriel Rosado and holds a number five World ranking with the WBO.

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Ilford Light-Heavyweight knockout king Anthony Yarde and teenage Heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois will feature on an action-packed undercard. Yarde picked up the WBO European strap with a first round KO win over Richard Baranyi last time out at the Copper Box Arena while 19 year-old Dubois claimed the WBC World Youth Heavyweight belt in only his fourth contest.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mammoth on 07-19-2017

Saunders UD wide

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 07-19-2017

So keen for this fight Saunders gonna box Monroe's ears offffffffff!

Comment by New England on 07-18-2017

[QUOTE=Dramacyde;17868286]Both guys have ****ty power. This fight is dog ****![/QUOTE] i really don't agree with this. most middleweights can hurt each other with just a few shots, and these two aren't an exception. monroe is actually a pretty decent boxer…

Comment by Big Stomps on 07-18-2017

Monroe's one fight against GGG has more than prepared him for this clown!

Comment by batista84 on 07-18-2017

Two technical boxers. I'm thinking this is gonna be a very technical fight, but u never know, sometimes when you are expecting the most of two brawlers the fight sucks and sometimes two tacticians make for an interesting fight. Sep.…

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