Queensberry Promotions are pleased to confirm that Billy Joe Saunders’ next fight will be against Shefat Isufi at Super Middleweight live on BT Sport.
With the widely reported changes in Billy Joe Saunders’ training situation and the current status of the WBO World Super Middleweight Title, this fight will not take place on April 13th at the SSE Arena, Wembley as was previously announced. The fight will be moved to a new date in May at a venue to be confirmed at a later date.
There will be an announcement on an exciting new London show for April featuring some of our best up and coming local talent this week and this will be followed up next with details on where and when Saunders v Isufi takes place.

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BILLY JOE SAUNDERS describes the prospect of fighting for the WBO super middleweight world title against Shefat Isufi as the beginning of a new chapter in his always colourful career.

The unbeaten former WBO middleweight champion will bid to become a two-weight world champion on April 13 at The SSE Arena, Wembley live on BT Sport, in a fight that he hopes will unlock the door towards the marquee encounters he has long craved.

The 29-year-old was middleweight world champion from December 2015 until late last year, but his wish to unify belts did not come to fruition despite an obvious willingness on his part, with him twice signing a contract to fight Gennady Golovkin, who held the other three belts.

By seizing the opportunity to fight for the vacant title at 168lbs, Saunders hopes his options will expand in what is a more fragmented division that increases the possibility of unifications, plus putting him in a strong position should the current middleweight kings head north in weight.

There is also the winner of this weekend’s domestic duel between James DeGale and Chris Eubank jr to target.

“It is just a new chapter for me,” reasoned the 27-0 southpaw stylist. “At middleweight I tried everything to make the big fights happen after my David Lemieux performance and we chased the Canelo and Golovkin fights.

“So this is about giving myself another option instead of looking in that one room. I can go back down to middleweight or stay at super middleweight – wherever the big fights present themselves, I’m there.

“2018 was a terrible year for me in my boxing career to say the least. When you get knocked down it is how you come back and I have got Tyson Fury to look to with what he’s gone through and it just gives me that little bit more belief.

“You can sit and mope around or you can get on with it. I’m going to get straight back and I am fighting for the super middleweight world title. How will I be at the weight? It might not suit me as much… Time will tell.

“I’m going to come back bigger and better than ever and the super middleweight world title is the way forward. There is a big fight at the weekend and I would love the winner, while you’ve also got Callum Smith. If Canelo and Golovkin don’t want it, maybe I can get a big one in the UK.

“I’ve got plenty of life left in me and I will fight anybody, anybody at all from middle to super middle and Frank will make them. He has delivered what I asked for, I said ‘Frank, I want a world title fight’ and he has come up with this. It is a very good move to put me in position for the big names.”

Ticket details for ‘Redemption’, Saunders v Isufi, at the SSE Arena, Wembley will be announced soon.
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Former WBO World Champion Billy Joe Saunders and former IBF and WBO Intercontinental and WBC Silver Champion Kevin Mitchell will be amongst the local boxing stars turning out for the launch of the new TKO Barking A.B.C.

Saunders and Mitchell have a long time relationship with TKO head honcho Johnny Eames, both having previously trained for much of their pro careers at the old TKO Gym in Canning Town, until it closed in 2012.

In addition to Saunders and Mitchell, other big name local stars, who all supported Johnny and the TKO Gyms efforts to move to new premises in Barking, following Barking Council’s decision to redevelop the Abbey Sports Centre, where the club was previously based until late last year, are also expected to attend the launch of TKO Barking A.B.C.

The official launch of TKO Barking A.B.C. will take place at the Abbey Leisure Centre, Bobby Moore Way, Barking IG11 at 6pm on Monday 11th February 2019 and all boxers, media and boxing fans are welcome to attend.

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WBO Orders Purse Bids for Saunders-Andrade

Gentlemen: Please be advised the parties have thirty (30) days upon receipt of this letter to negotiate and reach an agreement regarding the WBO Middleweight Championship Contest between Demetrius Andrade vs. Billy Joe Saunders. If an accord is not reached within the time frame set forth herein, a Purse Bid will be ordered pursuant with our WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests. The minimum acceptable bid for the WBO Middleweight Division is $200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Dollars). Any of the parties involved may request purse bid procedures at any time during the negotiation process.

Yours truly, Luis Batista Salas, Esq.

Cc: Francisco Valcárcel, Esq. President

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         The present ruling arises from a petition filed on January 15th 2019, on behalf of Mr. Saunders’ legal representative Mr. David House, whereby the World Boxing Organization (WBO) was informed of Mr. Saunders’ current status with regard to his duties and obligations pursuant to the conditions of his suspension set forth by this Committee on October 11th 2018. Further, enclosed with the aforementioned petition, the WBO received and acknowledge evidence ratifying Mr. Saunders’ full and successful compliance with all requirements per this Committee’s ruling.

         Conversely, the petition seeks reinstatement of Mr. Saunders at the number one (1) position in the WBO World Middleweight Division Ratings, and official designation as Mandatory Challenger within the referenced division.

Having examined the referenced petition, reviewed all relevant evidence pertaining to Mr. Saunders’ successful compliance with our ruling, and pursuant to the powers and authority granted to this Committee by the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests, and having been fully advised in the premises, it is hereby determined the following:

               WHEREAS, on October 11th 2018, the WBO Championship Committee issued a six (6) month suspension prohibiting Mr. Saunders of participating in any WBO sanctioned contest. Further, it set forth numerous conditions subject to their full compliance by the fighter within a specific time frame in order for the WBO’s consideration of future reinstatement within our world ratings and other pertaining matters; and,

               WHEREAS, on January 14th 2019, the WBO headquarter offices received an official petition on behalf of Mr. Saunders’ legal representative Mr. David House, ratifying and evidencing the fighter’s successful completion of all the imposed conditions set forth by this Committee. The evidence showed that Mr. Saunders engaged in active charity and community work with underserved and disadvantaged kids, submitted to numerous random anti-doping tests by the correspondent agencies (VADA & WADA), obtaining thereto negative results, and presently, continuous in good standing conduct in his community; and,

                WHEREAS, in light of the Mr. Saunders’ thorough fulfillment of our ruling, his legal representative request reinstatement of said fighter in the WBO World Ratings Middleweight Division, consequently, be rated at the number one (1) position and designated as the Mandatory Challenger in the aforementioned division; and,

                WHEREAS, the WBO Championship Committee has full authority as per our WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests to resolve this matter with the following being within our powers and discretion, and shall be interpreted to include any or all powers necessary, helpful or convenient to accomplish the purpose, policies and the intent of these rules; and,

                WHEREAS, Section 1 subsection (b) (23) of the WBO Rules and Regulations of World Championship Contests in its pertinent part states as follows:

(b) The World Championship Committee shall have the following powers and discretion:

(23) “To designate a Mandatory Challenger.”

               WHEREAS, Section 1 subsection (c) in relevant, provides:

     (c) “The above powers shall be interpreted to include any or all powers necessary, helpful or convenient to accomplish the purposes, policies, and intent of these rules”.

              WHEREAS, the WBO Championship Committee having thoroughly examined the above-referenced petition, the enclosed evidence, and having reviewed all applicable WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the WBO Championship Committee in accordance with our governing Regulations of World Championship Contests, issues the following ruling:

Based on the evidence ratifying complete fulfillment of all imposed conditions on behalf of Mr. Saunders presented before this Committee and pursuant to Section 1 subsection (c) of the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests, we hereby terminate immediately his suspension from any WBO sanctioned contest and consequently, recommend the WBO World Ratings Committee official reinstatement of Mr. Saunders within the WBO Middleweight Division Ratings and be positioned as the number one (1) contender accordingly. Further, if the WBO Ratings Committee adopts this Committees’ recommendation, we hereby designate Mr. Saunders as the official Mandatory Challenger of the aforementioned division pursuant to Section 1 subsection (b) (23) of the referenced regulations.

This is a final decision of the WBO Championship Committee. The affected WBO participant may appeal such determination to the Complaint and Grievance Committee as per Rule 34, which as per Rule 3(e) of the WBO Appeals Regulation, must be submitted in writing to the WBO President within fourteen (14) days of this decision as its sole and exclusive remedy.

Dated in San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 22nd 2019


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WBO Statement: Billy Joe Saunders Vacates World Crown

WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, Esq reacted on Billy Joe Saunders’ public comments regarding his world title status:
“B.J. Saunders has voluntarily vacated the WBO Middleweight Title, and publicly apologized for his violation of the Massachusetts Athletic Commission’s anti-doping regulations”.
“Therefore, the clash between Demetrius Andrade and Walter Kautondonkwa scheduled for October 20th will now be for the vacant World Crown”.
“Also, I will recommend to the WBO Executive Committee that Saunders receives a six month suspension for his transgression”.
Editor’s note:
The WBO Statement above reads very differently to the statements from Frank Warren, Billy Joe Saunders’ promoter, in the UK national press such as this statement on the BBC website this Morning, where Frank Warren says the boxer will give up his belt because of the “mental anguish”.
He added the licence decision would be challenged in court.
“Billy Joe will, with a heavy heart, relinquish his world title while this issue is being resolved,” Warren said.
Saunders, who was due to fight Andrade in Boston on 20 October, returned an adverse finding for the stimulant oxilofrine, which Warren says was in a “common decongestant nasal spray”.
Saunders has insisted he is a “clean fighter to the bone”.
Under World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) rules, oxilofrine is only banned in competition. That means a fighter is in breach of the regulations only if it is found in their system on the day of a bout.
But it is prohibited at all times by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, which tested Saunders on 30 August.
Warren says it was “not a failed test” because the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (MSAC) – which is responsible for issuing a licence to fight in Boston – did not follow Wada’s rules.
After taking the case to the Supreme Court, Warren said he would begin legal proceedings against the MSAC. to see full article please go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/boxing/45828828

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APBC President Al Low Calls For Uniformity of Anti-Doping Regulations, Following Billy Joe Saunders Case.

Association of Professional Boxing Commissions (APBC) President, Mr. Albert Low, calls for uniformity of Anti-Doping regulations, following the case of Billy Joe Saunders, where the 29 year old World Boxing Organization (WBO) Middleweight Champion from the United Kingdom was refused licensing by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (MSAC) for his much anticipated title defense against Demetrius Andrade in Boston on the 20th October, after an adverse finding in a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) test undertaken by Saunders back in August this year.
The substance Saunders returned an adverse finding for was the stimulant oxilofrine, which according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is only banned when used in competition, but is prohibited by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) at all times.
APBC President Mr. Al Low explained why the Association had decided to publicly voice the call for uniformity in Anti-Doping regulations.
“Professional Boxing Commissions, including the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission, as well as almost every sport governing organization around the world comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s regulations.
“WADA state that Oxilofrine is banned in competition, yet VADA state that it is prohibited at all times.
“It seems rather unfair to us that when athlete’s ensure that they comply with WADA’s Anti-Doping regulations, that they can still fall foul to another organizations regulations.
“As the discrepancy between the WADA and VADA Regulations has now been highlighted by the Billy Joe Saunders case, we feel that it is essential that both of the organizations regulations be unified and call on them to ensure that they are as quickly as possible in order to prevent similar situations in the future.”

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World Boxing Organization (WBO) President Francisco Valcárcel Mulero commented today on Billy Joe Saunders inability to defend his World Middleweight Championship, as per contractually agreed, against Demetrius Andrade on October 20th.
This after the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission voted today against granting him a boxing license following a failed doping test on August 30th.
“It is unfortunate that a boxer as talented as Saunders is facing this controversy and will not be able to defend the title,” said Valcarcel today. “The WBO will examine the situation with due diligence and proceed according to its ‘Rules & Regulations’ decide which is the proper course of action”.
Valcárcel, a practizing attorney, added that if Andrade fights the first available contender, the WBO Championship Committee will consider sanctioning the bout.

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Following reports of an adverse analytical finding in a test carried out by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (“VADA”) on WBO World Middleweight Champion, Billy Joe Saunders, we can confirm that the product concerned is permitted to be used ‘Out of Competition’ by United Kingdom Anti-Doping (“UKAD”) in line with the regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”).
For the avoidance of doubt, the product in question was a common decongestant nasal spray.
The British Boxing Board of Control (“BBBofC”) under whose jurisdiction Billy Joe Saunders is licensed are affiliated only to UKAD/WADA.
Today the BBBofC have confirmed that Mr Saunders is not in breach of BBBofC or UKAD anti doping regulations and is therefore in good standing and is licensed to box and defend his World Title on October 20th.
Mr. Saunders has been tested a number of times in 2018, all negative, his last out of competition test by UKAD was on 24th September 2018.

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First event headlined by Jessie Vargas vs. Thomas Dulorme on Saturday, Oct. 6


TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2018 – DAZN, the live and on-demand sports streaming platform, announced today that it has signed an eight-year distribution deal with Matchroom Boxing USA, a world-leading boxing promoter, to exclusively deliver a series of fight nights along with original programming on DAZN Canada.


DAZN Canada plans to broadcast 16 live fight nights through August 2019, beginning with the Jessie Vargas vs. Thomas Dulorme card on Oct. 6, 2018 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago and Oct. 20, 2018, when Billy Joe Saunders defends his middleweight title against Demetrius Andrade at TD Garden in Boston. DAZN will also produce original programming that viewers can watch ahead of and following fights.


DAZN’s investment comes on the heels of a historic $1 billion dollar joint venture between Matchroom Boxing and DAZN Group that was announced earlier this year. This joint venture represents DAZN’s vision to reignite the fight sports community and to bring passionate fans closer to their sport and fighters.


“For too long, the fight sports market in Canada has been underserved,” said Joseph Markowski, DAZN SVP, North America. “Our partnership with Matchroom allows us to drive our fans-first approach and give our users an opportunity to pay one monthly flat fee with no long-term contract or commitment, an unprecedented value proposition for fight fans.”


Matchroom Boxing Managing Director Eddie Hearn said, “DAZN has already proven to be an integral partner in Matchroom’s growth around the world. For fight fans specifically, we want to make DAZN a must-have for fight fans by featuring the world’s biggest athletes at premium venues. By expanding our relationship into Canada, we’re confident we can make that vision become reality.”


For more information, fans can follow DAZN Canada’s social channels: @DAZN on Facebook, @DAZN_CA for Twitter, and DAZN_CA for Instagram.


DAZN is the world’s first dedicated live sports streaming service and is leading the change to give sports fans around the world access to sport anytime, anywhere. DAZN remains the only place for Canadians to watch every single live NFL game, and is the exclusive home of RedZone. DAZN has also become the new home of UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Serie A and offers MLS Live, MLB Network, Six Nations Rugby, boxing, cricket and much more live and on-demand.

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