Billy Joe Saunders v Martin Murray postponed on account of damage, new date introduced

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Billy Joe Saunders has suffered a hand damage in coaching, that means his proposed April 14th bout with Martin Murray on the O2 Enviornment in London will now happen on June 23rd on the identical venue.

Saunders, who was meaning to defend his WBO middleweight world title on the cardboard, defined: “I felt my hand go throughout a session this week and sought medical recommendation instantly. Sadly I’ve been advised that I can’t punch something for 4 weeks so we’ve been left with no alternative however to withdraw. I’m gutted for Martin and I’m gutted for the followers.

“This is an extremely tough sport and these things can happen. It is vital that I’m firing on all cylinders heading into this fight, but for now it’s all about recovering properly and focusing on the new June 23rd date.”

Promoter Frank Warren reacted to the postponement, saying: “This can be very irritating as tickets had been going very properly and we had been all equipped for a improbable night of boxing on April 14th. I apologise to the entire followers which have purchased tickets for the April 14th date, however all unique tickets shall be legitimate for the brand new June 23rd date.”

The vast majority of the undercard together with Anthony Yarde, Daniel Dubois and Ohara Davies has additionally been moved to June 23rd, nevertheless Terry Flanagan’s vacant WBO super-lightweight world title combat with Maurice Hooker will discover a new date.

“I am speaking with Hooker’s representative Dino Duva and we will be making an announcement this week on where and when this fight takes place,” revealed Warren.

“It is not straightforward as this is an ordered fight for a vacant title, but we are working hard to get everything sorted and our priority is to secure Terry his chance to become a two-weight world champion.”

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