Boxing: Billy Joe Saunders refusing to look past Martin Murray


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WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders insists he will not overlook fellow Brit Martin Murray when the pair meet in April.

Saunders will defend his belt for the fourth time as he looks to maintain his unbeaten record which currently stands at 26-0.

The southpaw produced a career-best performance to beat Canada’s David Lemieux back in December and promoter Frank Warren is keeping him busy.

Saunders is targeting a potential fight against Gennady Golovkin but he knows he cannot look past Murray.

Murray has come close to winning a world title on a number of occasions and Saunders admits he was set to fight James DeGale before he lost his IBF super-middleweight crown.

Saunders old Boxing News: “It could have been James DeGale that I’d be fighting next and not Martin Murray but he had a little hiccup and lost his last world title fight so it didn’t happen.

“His loss is a bit of a lesson for me because I can’t look past Martin Murray or in 12 weeks’ time it could be me without a world title.”

The 28-year-old has also tipped former rival Chris Eubank Jr to beat George Groves when they meet in February.

Saunders beat him back in 2014 but he believes Groves could lose his WBA super-middleweight title.

He added: “I think that Eubank will beat George Groves. If he does what I think he will against Groves people will be talking. I think there is a 75 percent chance that Eubank wins.”

Eubank Jr is 1.53 to win, with Groves 2.60 while a draw is priced at 19.00.

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