Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Saunders: Mind Games Won't Work on Murray, He's Too Clever

There may be bigger prizes around the corner, but Billy Joe Saunders is keeping his feet on the ground.

His WBO world middleweight title defence against Martin Murray on April 14th may prove to be the final step before securing a lucrative unification with either Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez.

However, standing in his way is a tough Brit and former World Title challenger who has nothing to lose. Murray has admitted that this will be his last chance and Saunders is wary of the danger he poses.

saunders-murray

"I'd be a fool [to overlook Murray] because of what's waiting behind the door for the winner of this fight. People need to understand that I picked the best I could pick that was available," he explained to iFL.

"You've got to give Martin credit and respect. I personally think he should've beat [Sergio] Martinez and he certainly beat [Felix] Sturm. He's been through all that. He's got nothing to lose and everything to gain. If he wants to call it his last shot, then I know I'm getting the best of Murray."

Usually Saunders likes to get inside his opponent's head, as displayed before his last two fights against David Lemieux and Willie Monroe Jr, but he says this time those tactics are not needed.

"Everyone knows I like to play the mind games and other stuff. But with Martin he's been around the world boxing, so if I thought I can get inside his head...he's too clever for that. He's always been the underdog so he's seen it all. It's pointless trying to get into his head, because you're wasting your breath," explained the Champion.

Saunders has been training out in Marbella alongside stablemate Terry Flanagan, who faces Maurice Hooker on the same O2 bill.

"I haven't watched much of Hooker, but Terry is out here is on a mission. He's training flat out, he wants to push it every day. That shows the sort of mentality he's got in that ring. When someone's in that mindset, they're hard to un-tie.

"It's different experience as well. He's fighting a tall, awkward, long, gangly man. Maybe he's out here getting a taste of the Ingle style a little bit, you know just to get used to it," added Billy Joe.

BoxNation subscription is £12 per month plus £8 registration fee for Sky TV. €15 per month plus €10 registration fee for ROI Sky TV customers. £11 per month with no registration fee for Virgin Media customers. £12 per month and no registration fee for TalkTalk, Freeview, EE, online and app (iOS, Android, Amazon) customers. No minimum term. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GreatErikk on 02-10-2018

Saunders is the fastest boxer in the world right now. No doubt, he will win

Comment by j0zef on 02-09-2018

Murray has no power and is too inactive to win this fight. Mind games aren't necessary. He got robbed against Martinez and Sturm, beat up by Golovkin, outclassed by Abraham, overpowered by Groves. He's struggled with making 160 before getting…

Comment by Tony Trick-Pony on 02-09-2018

[QUOTE=future hendrixx;18473849]billy is on a mission to decision every former GGG knockout victim (monroe, lemeiux, murray). rosado and wade might be next.. [B][I]"People need to understand that I picked the best I could pick that was available,"[/I][/B] lol.. that would…

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 02-09-2018

Murray's been given more title shots than I've had hot dinners. He's never wanted for an opportunity, that's for sure.

Comment by Mindgames on 02-09-2018

Easy marking time fight for Billy Joe. Murray may have made it interesting a few years ago, not now.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (19)
Top Headlines Luis Ortiz Waiting For WBC To Make Ruling on Whyte Fight Linares: I Did Not Quit With Lomachenko, I'd Like a Rematch Photos: Ramirez-Mendez, Nyambayar-Escandon - PBC Weigh-In Evens Pierre Knocks Francisco Contreras Out in Seventh De La Hoya Smiles at Golovkin: Good Luck With Derevyanchenko! Photos: Ancajas vs. Sultan, Yafai vs. Carmona - Ready For War Artur Szpilka Drops, Dominates Dominick Guinn Over Ten Rounds Miguel Cotto Helping Polish The Skills of Angel Acosta Izu Ugonoh Returns, Stops Fred Kassi in Three Rounds Photos: David Lemieux Looks Depleted at Weigh-In For Achour Mazion vs. Pauldo - Golden Boy on ESPN Co-Main Set, June 8 Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter Deal Reached For WBC Title Berchelt vs. Barros Finalized For Merida, To Be Carried By ESPN+ David Lemieux Fails To Make Weight, Move To 168 is Eyed Luis Nery: I'll Prove I'm The Best at 118, I Want My Title Back Joshua, Hearn Stand Firm: Wilder Fight Must Be in The UK News: Tyson Fury's Return, Bare Knuckle Boxing, James Beech Epic Sports CEO on Securing Whyte-Pulev, Signing Fighters, More Inoue Confirms He’ll Compete in WBSS Bantamweight Tournament Brendan Ingle, Dean Francis Pass Away: Boxing World Mourns Tony Bellew "100%" Interested In Fighting Oleksandr Usyk Inoue Blows Out McDonnell in 1st Round to Win Bantamweight Title Trout: I'm Going To Derail Charlo-Hurd, Get Rematch With Hurd! Shiro Knocks Out Lopez With Body Shot in 2nd Round of Rematch Warren: Tyson Fury Will Avoid Comeback Mistakes of Haye Kal Yafai is Keen To Make a Statement in American Debut Frank Bruno Backing Dan Azeez To Go Far in Boxing Haye: Joe Joyce Would Take Jarrell Miller and Dillian Whyte Apart Demecillo Knocks Out Moya, Wenceslao Destroys Tinampay Wilder: Trump is Huge Boxing Fan, Wants a KO in My Next Fight Warrington: I Was Doubted at Every Level, Now I'm Champion Regis Prograis: I Knew Jose Ramirez Wasn't Going to Fight Me Buboy Denies Chatter That Pacquiao is Burning Out in Camp Omar Chavez Targets Hector Camacho Jr. For August Clash De La Hoya: Golovkin is Afraid of Canelo - We're Moving On! Photos: Ancajas vs. Sultan, Yafai vs. Carmona - Final Presser Joseph Diaz Will Return Even Stronger, Says Manager Denis Shafikov vs. Hector Suarez Tops Hollywood Fight Nights Roman Gonzalez Eyes United States Return in September Whyte-Pulev: Surprise Bidder Beats Hearn, Sauerland For Rights
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement