Unbeaten middleweight Billy Joe Saunders will fight for the vacant European title on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s second clash with Dereck Chisora.
Saunders will face unbeaten but untested Italian Emanuel Blandamura on July 26, aiming to complete a swoop of the ‘big three’ before trying his hand at world honours.
Already a long-term holder of the Commonwealth belt, the 24-year-old added the British title to his cabinet 13 months ago and has defended that strap twice, defeating rival John Ryder last time out.
And now Saunders is determined the Italian will not stand in his way of completing the set: “I’m going to do a real good job and smash Blandamura up to win the European title.
“He’s standing in the way of my dreams of completing the three big belts before I go for the world title and I’m not going to let him do that.
“My promoter Frank Warren has done a fantastic job of getting me the title opportunity at home and it’s down to me to do the business on the night and win the belt.”
Blandamura has won all 22 fights since turning professional and is no stranger to fighting on the road, handing Marcos Nader his first defeat in Stuttgart, Germany.
Despite the Italian’s latest success, Saunders believes it is no match for facing him on home turf: “I don’t doubt that Blandamura will be well up for the fight and will fancy his chances over here against me. He travelled to Germany and beat Nader, and to win on points in Germany is a big feat in itself so he’ll be confident of doing the same to me over here.
“But he’s facing Billy Joe Saunders and I’ll guarantee he’ll never have faced anyone like me in his career. My hand speed will be too fast for him, I’ll have too many angles and moves for him and I’ll hit too hard for him as well.”
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