Who will hoist the WBO super middleweight title in the air when the dust settles on Billy Joe Saunders versus Martin Murray?
- Billy Joe Saunders vs Martin Murray goes Friday, December 4th, 2020 at 2 PM EST
- Who will exit the ring as the WBO super middleweight world champion?
- Check out the fight odds, analysis, and predictions below
Billy Joe Saunders and Martin Murray will sling leather inside Wembley Arena in Wembley, London. Saunders vs Murray broadcasts on DAZN.
The WBO super middleweight world title is on the line with Billy Joe Saunders looking to make his sophomore defense against the hungry, experienced challenger Martin Murray.
Billy Joe Saunders vs Martin Murray Odds
|Billy Joe Saunders||-2300|
Odds from Dec. 1
This is a fight they tried to make happen a couple of times, but things didn’t pan out. Well, third time’s the charm as the two are finally set to lock horns.
Billy Joe Saunders’ Second WBO Defense
There was some dialogue about Saunders fighting top pound-for-pound pugilist Canelo Alvarez in May but, the coronavirus pandemic got in the way of those plans.
This outing marks the first bout of the calendar year for Saunders who last competed in November for his inaugural title defense. He’s looking to make another big impression as he steps into the ring for his 30th pro bout.
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) November 29, 2020
The idea is that the winner of this fight will be positioned opposite the winner of Canelo vs Smith at some point in the new year. With the backdrop of that consideration, some are overlooking Murray in this bout, but don’t include Saunders as one of those people.
He is expecting to get in some rounds here to shake off any potential ring rust leading into his 2021 campaign.
Martin Murray’s Last Chance at Championship Glory?
As Saunders steps in for his first bout of 2020, so does Murray. The two enter with a comparable level of ring rust heading into this one.
This is a do or die moment for Murray who has had multiple prior title bids against names like Gennady Golovkin and Sergio Martinez that ended up falling short.
At 38 years old with title bids across two divisions (middleweight and now super middleweight), this is a high-pressure moment for Martin Murray to perform.
🗣”Every time you fail you’re a step closer to success.” 👏
After missing out on a world title four times, Martin Murray believes that it will be his time to become world champion against Billy Joe Saunders on December 4 📺 pic.twitter.com/DD62MSBqP2
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) November 25, 2020
The two match up well stylistically. I think there will be some viewer-friendly level of parity between the two with Saunders still leading things on the scorecards.
I think during the mid to later rounds, Saunders will really get his rhythm and start putting a pace on Murray.
Saunders vs Murray Tale of the Tape
|Chris Eubank Jr, David Lemieux, Willie Monroe Jr||Significant Wins||Roberto Garcia, Jose Miguel Torres, Gabriel Rosado|
This prizefight is scheduled for twelve rounds, and I think it’s quite likely this one goes the distance.
The sub-fifty percent KO are of Saunders and the durability of Murray (has only been stopped once as a pro and it was by GGG who’s one of the most fearsome punchers of this generation, pound for pound) leads me to this conclusion.
I see Saunders putting in a masterclass performance, and I would bet on the champ running away with a lopsided decision victory.
Pick: Billy Joe Saunders (-2300)
A part-time writer and full-time broadcaster, Dylan has hosted MMA talk shows Lights Out and Pure Fight Radio with featured guests like Jens Pulver, Roy Nelson, Miesha Tate, and covered some of the biggest MMA promotions like Rumble in the Cage, Unified MMA, and King of the Cage.