Dejection on the horizon for boxing lovers as the much anticipated fight between Billy Saunders and Martin Murray is off yet once again.
It appears as this much anticipated fight might never take place. Saunders had backed out of this in April too on the account of a ‘hand injury’. This time, the cancellation has come from same Saunders as he has suffered a hamstring injury.
Murray who was supposed to fight him revealed this news and was visibly disgruntled. He uttered, “The fight is off”. The medium he chose to announce was his official Instagram account. “Billy Joe Saunders has s**t out again! Gutted is an understatement but nothing I can do.
“Just want to apologise to everyone who has bought tickets and booked hotels and thank everyone for their continued support. Hopefully another training camp doesn’t go to waste and my management team can get me a fight sorted in the next couple of weeks.”
Critics are of the opinion that Murray suspects Saunders’ backing out of the fight is to wait and explore bigger and better fights, especially with Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
Saunders, however, adapted a mature approach towards this incident, maybe because he was cognizant that he is the one who has cancelled the fight. He tweeted, “You have your ups in boxing, but the last three months have been downs. Sorry to Martin and the fans. Be back soon.”
Frank Warren who has been promoting the June 23 event tweeted, “Due to an injury suffered by Billy Joe Saunders, unfortunately he has had to withdraw from his June 23rd fight with Martin Murray at the O2 Arena. A full statement on the show will be made tomorrow. We apologise for any inconvenience.”
Boxing lovers are perceiving it with a pinch of salt.