Billy Joe Saunders
|Billy Joe Saunders|
Saunders at Wembley Arena (5 November 2011)
30 August 1989 |
Welwyn Garden City,
|Wins by KO||10|
Billy Joe Saunders (born 30 August 1989) is a British boxer, who qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics after a distinguished amateur career. He is the current Commonwealth and British champion in the middleweight division, and remains undefeated as a professional.
Saunders lives with his family on a Travellers' encampment near Hatfield, Hertfordshire and fought for Hoddesdon Amateur Boxing Club. Originally from Cheshunt, Saunders is the great-grandson of one of Britain's most famous Romani bareknuckle champions, Absolom Beeney. His father Tom, a former amateur, also admits to being involved in a bareknuckle scrap once "to sort things out, the way the Travelling community does". Billy Joe won his first 49 amateur fights at senior level in a row, including the Commonwealth Championships in 2007 and the Strandya Cup 2008 edging out Cuban Carlos Banteux.
In 2008 Saunders qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the welterweight division at the age of 18. Saunders qualified at the European area qualifier in Pescara, Italy. He beat European champion Andrey Balanov and Kakhaber Zhvania, he lost his semi to Oleksandr Stretskyy before beating the Slovakian, Pavol Hlavacka for the all-important third spot. He went to Beijing as the first person from the British Romanichal community to qualify for the games, where he was defeated in the second round of the welterweight division. He was subsequently suspended for "lewd behaviour", allegedly pertaining to an incident with a local woman during a pre-season training camp in France. In early December 2008, Saunders signed professional terms along with James DeGale and Frankie Gavin with Frank Warren.
Saunders made his professional debut on 28 February 2009 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham against Attila Molnar. Saunders looked confident from the opening bell, landing hard combinations which were just too much for Molnar. In round two, a series of punches that landed flush on Molnar's chin caused the referee to stop the fight and save a dazed Molnar. He won his second fight by second round stoppage of Ronny Gabel and his third fight, also by second round stoppage, of Matt Scriven. On 9 October 2009, he had to go the full four rounds to outpoint Alex Spitko. Since his fight with Spitko Saunders has helped himself to five further wins. In May 2011 he scored an impressive second round knockout victory over Kevin Hammond. Saunders has since scored wins against Norbert Szekeres, Gary Boulden and Tony Hill, the last of these giving him his seventh professional knock-out victory and winning the Commonwealth middleweight belt.
Professional boxing record
|19 wins (10 knockouts, 9 decisions), 0 losses, 0 draws|
|N/A||N/A||Emanuele Blandamura||N/A||– (12)||2014-07-26||Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom||For vacant EBU middleweight title.|
|Win||19–0||John Ryder||UD||12||2013-09-21||Copper Box Arena, London, United Kingdom||Retained Commonwealth BBBofC middleweight titles.|
|Win||18–0||Gary O'Sullivan||UD||12||2013-07-20||Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom||Won WBO International middleweight title.|
|Win||17–0||Matthew Hall||UD||12||2013-03-21||York Hall, London, United Kingdom||Retained Commonwealth and BBBofC middleweight titles.|
|Win||16–0||Nick Blackwell||UD||12||2012-12-15||ExCeL Arena, London, United Kingdom||Retained Commonwealth middleweight title.
Won BBBofC middleweight title.
|Win||15–0||Jarrod Fletcher||TKO||2 (12), 2:42||2012-09-14||York Hall, London, United Kingdom||Retained Commonwealth middleweight title.|
|Win||14–0||Bradley Pryce||UD||12||2012-06-01||York Hall, London, United Kingdom||Retained Commonwealth middleweight title.|
|Win||13–0||Tony Hill||TKO||1 (10), 0:30||2012-04-28||Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom||Won vacant Commonwealth middleweight title.|
|Win||12–0||Tommy Tolan||TKO||1 (8), 1:07||2011-12-14||Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||11–0||Gary Boulden||PTS||10||2011-11-05||Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom||Won BBBofC Southern Area middleweight title.|
|Win||10–0||Norbert Szekeres||TKO||1 (8), 2:51||2011-11-15||Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom|
|Win||9–0||Kevin Hammond||TKO||2 (8), 3:00||2011-05-21||The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||8–0||Turgay Uzun||RTD||2 (8), 3:00||2011-04-02||York Hall, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||7–0||Tony Randell||TKO||2 (6), 0:39||2010-12-11||Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom|
|Win||6–0||Andy Butlin||PTS||6||2010-05-15||Boleyn Ground, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||5–0||Lee Noble||PTS||6||2009-12-05||Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom|
|Win||4–0||Alex Spitko||PTS||4||2009-10-09||York Hall, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||3–0||Matt Scriven||TKO||2 (4), 1:21||2009-07-18||MEN Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom|
|Win||2–0||Ronny Gabel||TKO||2 (4), 1:16||2009-05-15||The Odyssey, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Win||1–0||Attila Molnar||TKO||2 (4), 1:47||2009-02-28||National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, United Kingdom||Professional debut.|
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