By Rich Cheney: Willie Monroe Jr. (21-2, 6 KOs) plans on giving WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) a beating next month for the way he’s been mouthing off ever since their fight was signed.
Monroe Jr. will be challenging Saunders for his WBO title next month on September 16 at the Copper Box Arena in London, England. The fight will be taking place in front of Saunders’ British fans. Monroe Jr. doesn’t care. He plans on leaving no doubt who the better fighter is when he gets the 28-year-old Saunders inside the ring on the night.
“Saunders is a little mouthy. I am a humble guy. It has me motivated, and come September 16th, he will have heck to pay. I might feel like boxing his ears off, or I may want to get him out of there,” said Monroe Jr.
Monroe Jr. might want to make sure he knocks Saunders out just to be safe. If the fight goes to the scorecards, Monroe Jr. could find himself in the same position that Saunders’ last opponent Artur Akavov found himself in last December in losing a controversial 12 round unanimous decision in Scotland. Akavov fought well enough to win, but the judges gave it to the out of shape looking Saunders.
Monroe Jr. needs to beat Saunders for him to get big payday fight against the winner of the September 16 fight involving Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul Canelo Alvarez. Golovkin really wants the WBO middleweight title that Saunders has in his possession. Canelo would likely be interested in that belt as well due to it would be an easy way for him to win another belt.
“The one thing that Golovkin and Canelo need (WBO belt), I am going to get my hands on, so they will have to see me,” said Monroe. ”I want my rematch with Triple-G, but I think Canelo is the more skilled fighter. It will be a great fight. I appreciate both of them for fighting each other.”
There’s a big payday in store for Monroe Jr. if he beats Saunders. Fighting Canelo or Golovkin would make Monroe Jr. a lot of money. Even if things don’t work out well for Monroe against those guys, he’d have a good payday. Further, Saunders would still be around, and he would be stomping mad about having lost to Monroe Jr. on September 16. It would be a great situation for Monroe Jr. to be in with his boxing career. For all that to happen, Monroe Jr. has to pull off an upset by beating Saunders on September 16 in front of his own boxing fans. It’s not an impossible task, believe me.
Monroe Jr. just showed last year that he’s a very good fighter with his win over Gabriel Rosado. Monroe Jr. easily beat a very good fighter. Monroe got the better of Rosado in the exchanges. He was taking the fight to Rosado, and out-punching him with combinations in close. Monroe’s superior hand speed gave him a huge edge against Rosado.