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Billy Joe Saunders injures hand, fight with Martin Murray postponed

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Saunders will now make the fourth defence of his WBO crown against Murray at The 02 on Saturday 23rd June.

Billy Joe Saunders Media Work Out Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Frank Warren has today confirmed that WBO middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders has suffered an injury to his hand that will delay his plans to defend his title against Martin Murray on Saturday 14th April at The 02 in London.

Saunders reportedly suffered his injury during a training session and will be massively disappointed having produced a career-best performance against David Lemieux at the Place Bell in Laval, Canada in December.

The 28-year-old will now make the fourth defence of his WBO crown against Murray at The 02 on Saturday 23rd June.

Speaking to the media, "Superb" Saunders explained:

“I’m gutted for Martin and I’m gutted for the fans.

“I felt my hand go during a session this week and sought medical advice immediately. Unfortunately I’ve been told that I can’t punch anything for four weeks so we’ve been left with no choice but to withdraw from the date.

“I’d like to thank my promoter Frank Warren for quickly sorting a new date for the fight. My trainer Dominic Ingle will make sure that I’m fit and prepared to put on another show on June 23rd.

“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.”

Speaking on his website, Saunders' promoter Frank Warren said:

“It is extremely frustrating as tickets were going very well and we were all geared up for a fantastic evening of boxing on April 14th.”

“I apologise to all of the fans that have bought tickets for the April 14th date but all original tickets will be valid for the new June 23rd date."