Newly crowned WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0 12KOs) and his promoter Frank Warren sat down with Kugan Cassius of IFL TV midway through Saturday’s Arsenal game to discuss what the future holds for the champion.
Gennady Golovkin has shown his interest in squaring off against Saunders and Eubank Jr is keen for a rematch so which way will Saunders go? We’ll know in the next few weeks by the looks of things. Warren told Cassius he will be having a meeting with Saunders and his team in the next two weeks to discuss which direction they want to take.
Warren also said they have received a few offers “It’s nice to get the offers. Even if we go down that [Golovkin] road, it would have to be for more money than they offered. In an ideal world, I’d like to see Bill fight in March and have at least three fights this year, and be meaningful fights. I’ve not had any dialogue with his [Golovkin’s] manager at all. In the first or second weeks of January, we’re going to make up our minds which direction we’re going to go in”.
A fight with Golovkin seems highly unlikely at the moment. Saunders knows how good Golovkin is and has stated it on more than one occassion. So, unless he was offered a ridiculous amount the fight wont happen just yet.
As for Eubank the rematch is unlikely to happen soon. Eubank seems keen but will most likely end up facing Blackwell next. If Eubank overcomes Blackwell a world title fight with WBA champion Daniel Jacobs is on the cards as Eubank is his mandatory challenger. Perhaps if Eubank can emerge from this unscathed we will see a rematch with Saunders.
So what are the likely outcomes for Saunders in 2016? We will have to wait and see but a quick glance at the 15 in the WBO rankings and it may give you an idea. Tureano Johnson is Golovkin’s mandatory for the IBF title so he is an unlikely opponent but we could see him fight the unbeaten Russian, Arif Magomedov or even Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in his next outing.