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Saunders Outs Of Middleweight Title Clash With Martin Murray

Saunders Cites Hamstring Injury, Fight On June 23rd Is Off.

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

IntuBoxing has just learned that the WBO world middleweight title clash between champion, Billy-Joe Saunders, and challenger Martin Murray is off, with the champions team citing a hamstring injury as the reason Saunders can no longer make the bout. 

The bout was slated to take place at London's O2 Arena on June 23rd, having already been postponed from April 14th after the champion injured his hand in training. 

This will be absolutely devastating news for the challenger. Murray a former world title challenger has gone through two camps only for the plug to be pulled on a fight mere weeks beforehand. In a video interview on twitter this morning, Murray apologised to fans everywhere that had booked hotels or train fare and that his team were looking at a replacement for him. "I thought I'd tell you first before you hear another bull**** story," said Murray. "The fight is off, he's s*** out again.

This equally does not reflect well on Billy-Joe Saunders, the champion has publicly declared that he would be willing to accept the same deal as when he signed to face Golovkin last year. With the long-awaited rematch between Saul ' Canelo' Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin seemingly not happening over the Golovkin's financial demands, both men appear to have turned their attention to Britain's WBO champion. 

Golovkin is rumoured to want closer to 50/50 for a rematch with Canelo, not the 65/35 split in Canelo's favour that was signed for May 5th of this year. This has put any deal firmly on the blocks for the time being. Golovkin also has a line of mandatories in Sergey Revyanchenko (IBF), Jermall Charlo (WBC) and Daniel Jacobs (WBA) queuing up to face him. His quest to become undisputed middleweight world champion remains the same, and thus a fight with Saunders must be his top priority. 

I'm sure there are many that will be crying foul on Saunder's part, and in all fairness, I could not blame anyone for that thought process. Boxing these days is very much a business, but the unprofessionalism of chasing a fight before the one you have scheduled is officially cancelled is poor form of the highest order