Saunders calls out Khan, GGG for Dec. bout

From ESPN - September 17, 2017

LONDON -- Billy Joe Saunders will fight in December even if it is not against Gennady Golovkin in a world middleweight title unification fight.

The English boxer defended his WBO belt -- the only title not in Golovkin's possession -- with a unanimous points win over American Willie Monroe Jr at the Copper Box Arena in London Saturday.

After being given a charmed life in a second defence by an overly cautious challenger, Saunders declared he was ready to face the winner of the big middleweight showdown in Las Vegas a few hours later between Golovkin and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

But Golovkin-Alvarez was judged a points draw and both then claimed they wanted to do it again.

Saunders will not wait around while talk of an Alvarez-GGG rematch simmers, and even claimed he would be ready to face Amir Khan, the English welterweight who has not fought since stepping up two weight divisions to get knocked out by Alvarez in May 2016.

"Amir Khan has boxed at 160lbs before and I would love that fight, what a fight that would be between me and him," said Saunders at a press conference.

"I just want a good fight, a big fight, that's what I am in boxing for -- to get fights which will get me up. He's a very good name and I rate him. I have watched him for years and years.

"I know him and Kell Brook, who is a stable mate of mine, have not got it on but if Khan's looking for a big UK fight then I am willing to fight him.

"I do not call his name out being disrespectful to him. I call it because I think he's a good fighter who I have watched for years. He and Kell seem miles apart at the minute so if he's willing to come up to middleweight, like he did for Canelo, he might think he's got a chance of winning my world title."

Saunders is preparing to face another opponent and improve before a unification fight against Kazakstan's California-based Golovkin.


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