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Billy Joe Saunders signs with Matchroom

Saunders has a new company after parting ways with longtime promoter Frank Warren.

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

According to a report by ESPN, super middleweight titleholder Billy Joe Saunders (28-0, 13 KOs) has officially penned a deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. Saunders, of course, split with his longtime promoter Frank Warren earlier this month and is now thought to be in line for a unification bout with Callum Smith, who is also under the Matchroom banner.

Hearn confirmed that he’ll be holding a news conference tomorrow in London in order to announce the major new signing, and in Saunders I’m sure Hearn will have his hands full.

Saunders, 29, recently moved up in weight after losing his middleweight title leading into a scheduled fight with Demetrius Andrade. That fight never ended up happening because Saunders flunked a drug test — which he claimed was caused by a nasal spray — and instead found a landing spot at 168lbs where he won a vacant WBO title.

A fight against Callum Smith, should it come together, would be an interesting fight on paper, and I’m sure Hearn will offer more insight regarding his plans for Saunders tomorrow at their presser.

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