Billy Joe Saunders took his unbeaten record to 18-0 with an impressive performance against fellow unbeaten fighter Gary O’Sullivan on Saturday night.
The former Olympic star appeared on the undercard of Frank Warren's ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ bill - headlined by Dereck Chisora.
Saunders, who participated in the Beijing Games in 2008, is making a name for himself in the pro game and looks set to be on his way to higher honours. The current Commonwealth and British middleweight champion added the WBO international title to his list of achievements, and will have plenty more on the horizon.
Aged just 23, Saunders is an extremely skilful boxer with good footwork and a silky style. At times Saunders dominated opponents with ease and looks a class above them. As the fight against O'Sullivan progressed, Saunders' dominance grew and grew.
He began to utilise the double jab and his movement was impeccable. It was a completely dominant performance from a man who already had his next fight lined up. Saunders will go into his fight with rival John Ryder on September 21st, defending his British belt with great confidence.
The prospect of this fight is one which has really got people talking. Both fighters truly believe they have what it takes to beat the other and that always makes for a really competitive fight. It has all the ingredients to be a real classic so let’s hope that it can live up to it.
Any questions marks surrounding Saunders' stamina have now been answered following a 12 round decision. The judges scorecards are symbolic of his performance - winning 120-109, 120-109, 119-110 on the cards.
Billy Joe Saunders - an impressive, young boxer on the rise who is making a real name for himself.
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