Middleweight world titleholder Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) says that he has suffered an injury that has forced him to, once again, postpone a defense against British countryman Martin Murray.
Saunders was slated to battle Murray on June 23 at the O2 Arena in London in the main event matchup.
“Apologies for any inconvenience, but due to the injury, I had to withdraw from the fight on June 23,” Saunders said. “You have your ups in boxing, but for me, the last three months have been downs. Sorry to Martin and the fans. I’ll be back soon.”
“There’s nothing I can do. I’m obviously gutted,” Murray (36-4-1, 17 KOs) said. “My management team is working on alternatives, so hopefully I’ll have a new date in the next couple of weeks. Thanks to everyone for their continued support.”
Murray took to Instagram to express his frustration and disappointment.
“He’s s— out again. The first time it was his hand, now it’s his hamstring,” Murray posted. “We know that he’s trying to make a big money fight with [Gennady] Golovkin or Canelo [Alvarez] and I’m too risky to fight. He just don’t want to fight me, but there’s nothing I can do. This is the second time I’ve took myself away from my family, got my body in this condition — ready to fight — and I get told last minute it’s canceled.”
“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 [Monday],” promoter Frank Warren said. “We apologize for any inconvenience.”
Fans have already took to social media to slam Saunders over the bow-out.