Billy Joe Saunders is back in training and is plotting his return to the ring.
Saunders has not fought since May of 2021 when he suffered a stoppage loss to Canelo Alvarez. Since then, it was uncertain if he would fight again as there was talks of him retiring. Yet, he has since gone back into serious training and he revealed he is now planning his return after taking some much-needed time off.
“I have enjoyed a bit of down time and had a nice year out. I am getting a bit bored and I have got itchy fists so decided to do a little bit of training to shift some timber to see where the road will take me. Life is okay, I went for my check-ups to my doctor and he was happy,” Saunders told Matchroom Boxing. “The first thing is obviously your health. It is pointless boxing whatever you are boxing for whether it is millions or just a pound to come back if that’s not in check, and if I decide, which it is looking like I will, to come back then I can. It is nice to enjoy a bit of training, and it is nice to have a clear head and to see where I want to go rather than have defenses and stuff and go where other people want me to go.
“I think this year is definitely marketable for myself. I am in the gym now going twice a day and the weight is coming off and I am getting fitter by the day,” Saunders continued. “It could be [ready to fight] at the end of the year or it could be early next year but we will soon find out. It all depends on what opponent is available.”
At this time, it’s uncertain when and who Saunders will fight in his return but he is ready to make his return.
Billy Joe Saunders (30-1) is coming off the loss to Alvarez to lose his WBO super-middleweight title. In his career, he holds notable wins over Marin Murray, Chris Eubank Jr., Andy Lee, and David Lemieux among others.
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