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Billy Joe Saunders vows that money won't stand in the way of Golovkin showdown

Saunders says there's no pricing himself out of a middleweight unification fight with Gennady Golovkin.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

WBO middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders holds the last remaining belt that Gennady Golovkin seeks. And while Golovkin had previously attempted to stage a unification fight with Saunders before, that fight never came to fruition as Saunders was said to have priced himself out of the match. That, Saunders says to RingTV, will no longer be an issue.

"There is no pricing myself out," Saunders said.

"To get in there, as fighters we want the most we can get. Sometimes you play a waiting game and sometimes it works and sometimes it don't. But this time around, the English fans know who he is. They know what he brings, so I'm sure they'll pay to see it and I'm ready to put it on the line but there's no pricing myself out because to be honest, I'll fight any man born. Golovkin is a very good man but he's just a man."

Perhaps the best news about the Golovkin-Brook result is that fighters all over the place appear to be more encouraged about the prospect facing Golovkin, and no longer treating him like the Bubonic plague. But then again, we've sort of been here before and time will tell if all the talk is substantive and not just hot air.

Saunders, though, says he's already given the word that he wants the Golovkin fight and nothing on his end will stand in the way of making it happen.

"I've told my promoter that I want it," Saunders said of facing GGG. "I've told my manager that I want it. There is absolutely nothing that can get in the way from stopping this. I've called him out before. Yes, I've put it out there. And now he's had his fight and I've called him out again. There is nothing from stopping this fight on my behalf. I'm ready to fight."

With that said, Saunders is currently in the midst of settling on an opponent for his return on the Fury-Klitschko II undercard this October. Russia's Artur Akavov and Minnesota's Rob Brant are said to be the leading contenders for the fight. I don't particularly see why either of those opponents are better (from a fan's perspective) than the Gabe Rosado and Willie Monroe fights Saunders previously turned down, but again, what do I know...

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