December dust-up details
BBN have provided viewers with all the details needed to tune in and watch Londoner Billy Joe Saunders (29-0, 14KOs) and Merseysider Martin Murray (39-5-1, 17KOs) clash during the festive season.
The bout takes place on Friday, December 4, although the pair were originally scheduled to meet twice before way back in 2018, so it's third time lucky!
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London.
12 three-minute championship rounds at super-middleweight (168lbs).
Billy Joe's WBO World super-middleweight title is on the line. This will be his second defence of the belt.
The ring walks for the main event are expected from 10pm UK time, but that will depend on the undercard results.
Coverage for Saunders-Murray starts live on Sky Sports Facebook at 17:45, then moves to Sky Sports Main Event at 19:00 (Sky Channel 401).
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BBN are providing LIVE updates on the night HERE
There is one other way that you can watch if you are not a Sky TV customer, or if you are just out and about on Saturday night by simply finding a suitable pub that is showing the event by visiting pubfinder.sky.com
The event is free to view for Sky Sports subcribers.
James Tennyson (27-3, 23KOs) has to get through unbeaten Canadian Josh O'Reilly (16-0, 6KOs) in their WBA Lightweight World Title Eliminator if he wants to return to world title level again.
Everything you ever need to know about Saunders-Murray can be found HERE
Billy Joe Saunders: "I know Martin is coming to fight. I haven't been beaten on the UK soil since I've been 12-years-old. I've got a good track record, and I'm going to keep it that way. He's going to bring a good game, but afterwards he can go back to St Helens, take his cash back and have a good Christmas and retire with the family, because that's what I'm planning on doing, retiring him."
Martin Murray: "No one has ever done it in five times in the UK. I believe Groves four, Frank Bruno four, and I truly believe that there's been a reason why I've picked myself up off the couch when times have been low and I've not wanted to go to the gym, but I've forced myself to get there. There's been a reason for it and it's for Friday. For me to achieve what no-one else has done in the UK."
Eddie Hearn: "All-British World Title fights are always special, especially in the Super-Middleweight division, and I’m really excited to see Billy back in the ring. We were 24 hours away from an announcement for Billy to fight Canelo when the pandemic hit and so it throws up the final roll of the dice for Martin Murray who will give it everything on December 4."
Final press conference quotes HERE
Tim Rickson, BBN Editor: “I would have been leaning towards Martin Murray if asked a few months back, but seeing Saunders back training with Mark Tibbs, who I rate as the best trainer in the country, I'm definitely siding with Saunders. I think it should be a very close, very good fight, but Martin is 38 now so I'm going with Saunders winning narrowly on points.”
Read the full article HERE
Firstly, the pair should have met on April 14, 2018, but BJS suffered a hand injury. Then it was rescheduled to June 23, but another injury sustained in training forced Saunders out of the fight for a second time, much to the challenger's frustration.
Since then, Saunders has collected his second world title up a weight class at 168lbs and defended once successfully to Argentinian Marcelo Esteban Coceres (28-1-1, 15KOs) in November last year.
38-year-old Murray still fought on the June 23 date that Saunders pulled out of, which was a good idea as he won the WBC Silver middleweight title against American Roberto Garcia (42-5, 25KOs). However, Murray conceded the belt in his very next fight with classy Frenchman Hassan N'Dam (37-5, 21KOs). He bounced back with two routine wins, both at the Liverpool Olympia in 2019 at super-middleweight.
This pair should provide a thoroughly entertaining fight during the festive season.
Betting Odds Supplied by Star Sports
DONTE DIXON 9st 1lb 10oz
ANGELO DRAGONE 9st 1lb 14oz:
LEWIS EDMONDSON 12st 3lbs 3oz
JOHN TELFORD 12st 2lbs 8oz
LERRONE RICHARDS 12st 4lbs 0oz
TIMO LAINE 12st 3lbs 10oz
ZACH PARKER 11st 13lbs 0oz
CESAR NUNEZ 11st 13lbs 11oz
SHANNON COURTENAY 8st 5lbs 14oz
DOROTA NOREK 8st 3lbs 14oz
JAMES TENNYSON 9st 8lbs 13oz
JOSH O'REILLY 9st 8lbs 5oz
BILLY JOE SAUNDERS 11st 13lbs 5oz
MARTIN MURRAY 11st 13lbs 6lbs
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