Billy Joe Saunders v Martin Murray

Billy Joe Saunders forced out of Martin Murray fight

Published On Sunday, June 3, 2018By British Boxing News

Billy Joe Saunders withdraws from Martin Murray fight through hamstring injury

Frank Warren just announced the following news to fight fans: "Due to an injury suffered by Billy Joe Saunders, unfortunately he has had to withdraw from his June 23rd fight with Martin Murray at the O2 Arena. A full statement on the show will be made tomorrow [June 4]. We apologise for any inconvenience."

Saunders (26-0-KO12) had been due to make the fourth defence of his title at The O2 but suffered a setback in training camp.
 
The champion said via his social media account: “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.”
 
Promoter Frank Warren will make a full statement on Monday.

Fans have initially reacted with their disappointment on Twitter and are unsure if the event will proceed with no other worthy headline acts appearing on the card.

It's frustrating news for the challenger, Martin Murray, having already suffered a postponement from April 14 - the original fight date - when Saunders withdrew with an injury once before.

Saunders, 28, was forced to pull out of the first meeting between the two men when he damaged his hand during training. But now the 26-0 southpaw has reportedly withdrawn from the rematch once again, this time due to a hamstring injury.

The news comes after claims that talks between rival middleweights Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin have broken down over their proposed super-fight in September; Golovkin is believed to be demanding improved terms from the split that he received during their controversial draw last September after Canelo's recent failed drugs test.

The Mexican's subsequent six-month suspension ruled him out of a May 5 fight with Golovkin that had been in the calendar for some time, leaving the WBA, WBC and IBF titlist without an opponent at short notice.