Billy Joe Saunders makes his long-awaited return to the ring next weekend (Dec 22) at the Manchester Arena later being added to the blockbuster statement topped by Josh Warrington defending his IBF world featherweight title against two-weight world winner Carl Frampton.
The year of 2018 has represented a time of enforced inactivity and injury frustration for its prior WBO world middleweight winner, who relinquished the belt after the failure of the Massachusetts Commission to issue him a license for his compulsory defence against Demetrius Andrade at Boston back in October.
Two defences against Martin Murray were aborted due to injuries suffered by the winner, leading in Saunders not building on the momentum of a busy and positive ending to 2017.
his career-best operation so far and his fight came a year ago when he flew to Canada to place his name on the line from the David Lemieux.
The Canadian was barely provided a look-in contrary to Saunders at his slickest and also a shut out scoreline was recorded in the card of one judge. Three months previously in the Burger package, the Hatfield person — who trains in Sheffield under Dominic Ingle — widely outpointed Willie Monroe jr, who’s set to struggle Jermall Charlo for the WBC Interim world middleweight title on exactly the exact same night as Saunders’ possess reunite.
There’s a powerful middle weight theme running through the Manchester card, with a barn-storming clash scheduled between Mark Heffron and Liam Williams for the British name, while Martin Murray, who’s bidding to place himself securely in the domain film, takes to a difficult mission against Hassan N’Dam.
Currently Saunders is added to the combination, where he’ll take on the Hungarian Zoltan Sera at an effort to expand his perfect expert record of 26-0. Sera, 33, who has fought light heavyweight in his last two fights, has listed 22KOs out of his 3 2 wins.
Despite his own hopes of producing a defence in Boston Saunders will look to reclaim his world title property later sharpening his highly-skilled tools and has stayed in practice.
IBF world featherweight champion Josh Warrington assumes on December 22nd on prior world winner Carl Frampton at the Manchester Arena go on BT Sport Box Office. Mark Heffron and Liam Williams contest that the vacant British middle weight name and Belfast’s blue-chip featherweight prospect Michael Conlan (9-0) takes on prior common wealth winner Jason Cunningham (24-5). While Martin Murray defends his WBC Silver middleweight title in up a step, Nathan Gorman sets WBC International Silver Heavyweight Title on the line against former World Title challenger Alex Leapai and his record. Tyson Fury’s brother Tommy Fury additionally makes his professional debut.
Elsewhere on the bill. Manchester’7-0 Darlington middle weight Troy Williamson and s 12-0 Light heavy weight Lyndon Arthur reunite.
Tickets are priced at £50 upper-tier, £80 Tier, £100 Tier£150 Tier£200 Floor/Tier£300 Floors £400 Floors £600 Inner Ring VIP Hospitality and are readily available.
Tickets available via Manchester Arena.