Billy Joe Saunders (born 30 August 1989) is a British professional boxer. He is the current Commonwealth middleweight champion, having previously held the British and European middleweight titles. As an amateur he represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Originally from Cheshunt, Saunders grew up in a Romanichal travelling community near Hatfield, Hertfordshire and fought for Hoddesdon Amateur Boxing Club.
Saunders won his first 49 amateur fights at senior level in a row, including the 2007 Commonwealth Championships and the 2008 Strandya Cup, edging out Cuban Carlos Banteux.
In 2008 Saunders qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the welterweight division at the age of 18. At the European area qualifier in Pescara, Italy he beat European champion Andrey Balanov and Kakhaber Zhvania, but lost in the semi-final to Oleksandr Stretskyy before beating Pavol Hlavačka for the all-important third spot. to become the first person from the British Romanichal community to qualify for the games...
Quotes by Billy Joe Saunders
More Quotes by Billy Joe Saunders