Billy Joe Saunders vs Martin Murray

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Billy Joe Saunders vs Martin Murray
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Date: 
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Location: 
O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, England, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
160
Titles at Stake: 
WBO Middleweight World Title

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Champion97's picture

Prediction,

Very surprised to read this fight was finalised.
This should be competitive, Saunders has a lot to lose, Murray has a lot to gain.
Saunders is the favourite, he must be, he has age on his side, he's in his late twenties, Murray is in his mid thirties. Saunders is the better counter puncher in there, maybe the overall superior skills lie with him.

It is obvious to me what Frank Warren is doing, he's setting fights up for Saunders, against faded guys who Golovkin beat when they were younger and better, to make Saunders look good, well that doesn't fool the people who really know boxing. Against Lemieux, Saunders still couldn't do as well as Golovkin, I think he'll also fail to do a more convincing job on Murray as well.

Neither of these guys are big punchers, Murray has the much higher stamina, the higher output. Murray has more experience at world level, Saunders has had more success at world level so far, with the meaningful victory over Andy Lee. I would give Saunders a narrow edge if they were the same age, but due to the advantage for Saunders, I think he will win this one, one sided.

Murray's best chance is for Saunders to be working harder than he wants to, so he can drag him into deep waters late in the fight, use his volume, but the problem is, age can really hamper your ability in this regard.

If Murray walks into too many clean power shots from Saunders, and finds he has lost durability, he might come apart, Saunders could win this one by stoppage, but I think it will go the distance. I think Saunders wins wide on all the cards, not as wide as against Lemieux, but still big margins.

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Tale of the tape

Saunders
Height: 180
Age: 28
Fights: 26
Year of debut: 2009
Wins: 26
KO percentage: 46
Title fights: 14
World title fights: 4
Fights at 160: 17
Career heaviest: 173
Career lightest: 158
Unbeaten opponents: 5
Opponents with losing records: 6
Best win (opinion): Andy Lee (December 2015, MD)
Fights in 2016-present: 3 fights
Time since last fight: 4 months

Murray
Height: 183
Age: 35
Fights: 41
Year of debut: 2007
Wins: 36
KO percentage: 41
Title fights: 15
World title fights: 4
Fights at 160: 15
Career heaviest: 172
Career lightest: 159
Unbeaten opponents: 5
Opponents with losing records: 9
Best win (opinion): Gabriel Rosado (April 2017, MD)
Fights in 2016-present: 5 fights
Time since last fight: 7 months

Best opponents between them
1. Gennady Golovkin (Murray lost, TKO 11)
2. Sergio Martinez (Murray lost, UD)
3. George Groves (Murray lost, UD)
4. Andy Lee (Saunders won, MD)
5. Felix Sturm (Murray drew with Sturm, SD)
6. Arthur Abraham (Murray lost, SD)
7. Chris Eubank Jr (Saunders won, SD)
8. Willie Monroe Jr (Saunders won, UD)
9. David Lemieux (Saunders won, UD)
10. Gabriel Rosado (Murary won, MD)