Saunders Withdraws from Murray Bout

By Caryn A. Tate on June 3, 2018
Saunders Withdraws from Murray Bout
Frank Warren will make a full statement regarding the status of the full June 23 card.

“You have your ups in boxing but for me, the last three months have been downs. Sorry to Martin and the fans. I’ll be back soon…”

Billy Joe Saunders has stated he has sustained another injury and has withdrawn from his scheduled June 23 fight with Martin Murray.

Saunders said via social media: “Apologies for any inconvenience but due to the injury I had to withdraw from the fight on June 23.

“You have your ups in boxing but for me, the last three months have been downs. Sorry to Martin and the fans. I’ll be back soon.”

Murray responded, “There’s nothing I can do. I’m obviously gutted.

“My management team is working on alternatives so hopefully I’ll have a new date in the next couple of weeks. Thanks to everyone for their continued support.”

Murray added via his Instagram account, “The first time it was his hand, now it’s his hamstring. We know he’s trying to get a big money fight with Golovkin or Canelo and I’m too risky to fight.

“It is the second time I’ve taken myself away from my family, got my body in this condition and then get told at the last minute it’s cancelled.”

Saunders and Murray were originally slated to fight on April 14, but Saunders postponed the bout due to a hand injury.

Promoter Frank Warren will make a full statement on Monday regarding the status of the full June 23 card.

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  1. raxman 10:12pm, 06/05/2018

    its this fighting twice a year thing that fighters do these days. they sit around for months and then put themselves through elite athlete training for 2 months - of course some will break down. some fighters are at their best when they are fighting all the time. I know the old school system of fighting monthly is not practical or even smart today, but I think fighters should be in the ring for real 3-4 times a year. a fighter like Saunders, who’s profile is limited by comparison to GGG and Canelo - even to Jacobs and Charlo outside of England should be jumping on the undercard of the big brit fights that get USA audience ie Anthony Joshua - even if its a non title 10 rounder. I know that’s not what happens today but that’s the only way he should be fighting a - and I say this with respect - a has been like Murray! Not only would the activity serve him but someone has to try something new. The Mayweather model was just that, a model that worked for Floyd.

  2. Kid Blast 10:06am, 06/03/2018

    Another Thurman?

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