[118], On 29 February, Canelo Álvarez' trainer Eddy Reynoso confirmed Saunders as the next opponent for the Mexican on 2 May, with a contract still to be finalised.

[15], It would be almost another year until Saunders had his next fight. The rivalry and build-up was likened to the first fight between Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank in 1990. At regional level he held the European, British, and Commonwealth middleweight titles between 2012 and 2015.

At this point, Lee began to land more frequently with heavy punches of his own, but was too late to overcome the points deficit despite a strong finish in the final round. In rounds 5, 6, 7 and 8, Saunders bounced back and hit combos landing power shots in the process. [84] On 12 July, the WBO ordered Saunders to make a mandatory defence against former two-time light-middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs), with both sides having 10 days to reach a deal. It's much more unacceptable for a world champion boxer to be doing it.". The last time Golovkin fought in his home country was in 2010. I’d like to apologise to the fans, especially who paid for it. [69] On 16 October, Lemieux's manager Camille Estephan stated the negotiations were going well for the fight and could possibly take place at the Bell Centre in Canada on 16 December 2017. [27] On 19 December, Saunders defeated WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee via majority decision to capture his first world title, with judges' scores of 114–112, 115–111, and 113–113. [101], On 22 January 2019, the WBO lifted Saunders' six month suspension and ordered Andrade vs. Saunders for the WBO title. Paige Spiranac reveals death threats and was branded porn star in baseball row, Ronaldo tests positive for Covid & in isolation as he's axed from Portugal team. [25] The fight was subsequently rescheduled for 19 December. Monroe was coming off a unanimous decision win against Gabe Rosado on 17 September 2016. Hearn said he was "appalled" at Saunders for releasing an "idiotic" video last weekend in which the WBO super-middleweight champion filmed himself practising on a punch bag, advising men on how they could hit female partners if arguments occurred during the coronavirus pandemic. [18] Saunders went on to defeat Eubank via split decision; two judges had scores of 115–114 and 115–113 for Saunders, with the third judge scoring 116–113 for Eubank. [107] On 25 March, at a press conference, Saunders vs. Isufi (27-3-2, 20 KOs) was announced to take place for the interim WBO super-middleweight title on 18 May at Stevenage's Lamex Stadium.

[87] On 25 July, the purse bid, which was scheduled for the evening, was cancelled after it was revealed that Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren had reached a deal for the fight to take place in USA under the Matchroom USA banner on DAZN. His opponent was scheduled to be German based Albanian Shefat Isufi. Immediately after the Blandamura fight, Saunders called out another undefeated British prospect and archrival Chris Eubank Jr.[16] Prolonged negotiations ensued between Frank Warren and Eubank's team (led by his father Chris Eubank Sr.), with the highly anticipated fight eventually signed in October[17] and taking place on 29 November. ", Saunders said yesterday: "I can only take it back and apologise. [105], On 12 March, it was reported that MTK Global had signed a deal with ESPN for them to broadcast 30 events a year. Both HBO and ESPN scored it a clear 120–108 for Saunders.