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Billy Joe Saunders sees off Willie Monroe Jr for WBO title

by 16/09/2017 20:06:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Willie Monroe Jr was challenging Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO World title
  • Saunders proved too strong for the American challenger and winning by points
  • The Brit has extended his unbeaten run to 25 winning by 117-111, 115-114, 117-112
  • Anthony Yarde triumphed on the undercard over Hungarian Norbert Nemesapati

By Jaime Wright For Mailonline

Published: 19:49 EDT, 16 September 2017 | Updated: 20:06 EDT, 16 September 2017

Billy Joe Saunders has successfully defended the WBO World Middleweight title belts against Willie Monroe Jr on a points decision. 

A fight that was edged by the defending champion - which also saw Anthony Yarde destroy Norbert Nemesapati to retain the WBO European and vacant inter-Continental titles - was only ever going one way as Saunders was prepared to take the required risks, overcoming his opponent 117-111, 115-114, 117-112.

Naturally the defending champion Saunders, who extended his unbeaten streak to 25, was the more comfortable of the two as continuously lined up the jabs and began chipping away at his opponent from the onset. And while Monroe grew in confidence as the fight progressed - cutting the right eye of Saunders early on with unintentional head-butt - Monroe was too little too late as a final surge in the concluding three rounds left him with little chance of a stoppage.

Billy Joe Saunders retained his WBO World middleweight title against Willie Monroe Jr

The pair were contesting the WBO middleweight title belt at the Copper Box Arena, London
The pair were contesting the WBO middleweight title belt at the Copper Box Arena, London

The pair were contesting the WBO middleweight title belt at the Copper Box Arena, London

The British boxer extended his unbeaten streak to 25 fights with by 117-111, 115-114, 117-112
The British boxer extended his unbeaten streak to 25 fights with by 117-111, 115-114, 117-112

The British boxer extended his unbeaten streak to 25 fights with by 117-111, 115-114, 117-112

Saunders  has previously admitted he has one eye on Golovkin-Canelo who bout in Las Vegas
Saunders  has previously admitted he has one eye on Golovkin-Canelo who bout in Las Vegas

Saunders has previously admitted he has one eye on Golovkin-Canelo who bout in Las Vegas

Anthony Yarde was also in action on the under-card retaining his WBO European title
Anthony Yarde was also in action on the under-card retaining his WBO European title

Anthony Yarde was also in action on the under-card retaining his WBO European title

Where Yarde's lasted just three rounds, Saunders was put to work needing points for the win
Where Yarde's lasted just three rounds, Saunders was put to work needing points for the win

Where Yarde's lasted just three rounds, Saunders was put to work needing points for the win

But was aggressive and kept Monroe at bay landing numerous strong blows
But was aggressive and kept Monroe at bay landing numerous strong blows

But was aggressive and kept Monroe at bay landing numerous strong blows

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