Undefeated world champion Billy Joe Saunders today called out the winner of the showdown between Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez.
WBO champion Saunders is gunning for a unification bout between the winner of triple G and Alvarez to determine the best middleweight on the planet.
Boasting a flawless record of 26 wins from 26 bouts, Saunders ominously warned he is nowhere near his best yet – but will hit top gear if he faces Golovkin or Alvarez in what would be fight of the year.
Saunders, 28, was talking to the Evening Express ahead of an appearance in the Granite City on Friday, March 16, alongside former world heavyweight champ Tyson Fury.
The middleweight will defend his WBO world title against Martin Murray at the O2 Arena on April 14.
After that he wants the winner of the Golovkin and Alvarez rematch in Las Vegas on May 5.
Saunders said: “The fight I want is Golovkin.
“None of us can say we are the best at our weight until we own all the titles.
“There are two fighters who can do that – me and Golovkin.”
Golovkin, who controversially drew with Alvarez last September, holds IBF, IBO, WBC and WBA world titles.
Saunders holds the remaining WBO belt – the only one that is missing for the Kazakh fighter.
Undefeated Golovkin (37 wins, 33 KO, one draw) will put all four of his titles on the line in the Alvarez rematch. Yet Saunders fears the teams behind both triple G and Alvarez are wary of the Brit as he is now one of the most dangerous fighters in world boxing.
Southpaw Saunders proved that with a sublime display against heavy-hitting David Lemieux when retaining his belt by unanimous decision in Canada in December.
He said: “I am not saying they are dodging me or they are scared but with these big names I might be bad for business.
“Whoever decides not to do it, for whatever reason, it shows that one of us is worried about something.”
The unification dream for Saunders could be realised as Kazakh superstar Golovkin previously indicated he would be open to facing the Brit in a fight to unify the middleweight division – if the rematch with Alvarez could not be made.
Saunders said: “I have not reached my peak yet, but when I fight the likes of Golovkin and Canelo (Alvarez) in a unification then everything has to come.
“Everything – not only the boxing but the fight itself.
“I know I will be on point for that as I don’t believe I have reached my potential yet.”
For now Saunders is completely focused on maintaining his 100% pro record against a tough opponent in Murray.
Murray took Golovkin to 11 rounds in a WBA and WBC world middleweight title bout in February 2015.
Saunders has been locked in an intensive training camp in preparation.
He spent time training with Fury in Marbella ahead of the former heavyweight world champion’s comeback.
Fury has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision in November 2016 to claim the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO world titles.
“Murray is in sight and he is the hurdle I have to jump,” said Saunders.
“I will jump this first then we will get it on.”
It will be Saunders’ fourth defence of his world title and he is confident of extending his pro record to 27 wins.
“Preparation is going fine and everything is looking good for the fight against Murray,” he said.
“Everything is on track and I really can’t wait to get to work.
“Murray is going to be tough, but they are all going to be tough when fighting for a title like this.
“Everyone is going to want it because they know what is on the line.
“It is the chance to change their life and their families’ lives.
“So I have to make sure I am that step ahead and bring the fight to them.”
Murray has admitted it is win or bust against Saunders and he will retire if he does not triumph.
The 35-year-old’s previous world title fights have seen a draw against Felix Sturm and losses to Sergio Martinez, Golovkin and, at super-middleweight, Arthur Abraham.
“Retirement has obviously run through his head a few times now,” said Saunders. “We know Murray is tough, he is strong. But has he got that bit of zip and that little bit he needs?
“Murray is going to give absolutely everything and I have to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Saunders and Fury will headline The Gypsy Kings at Aberdeen’s Beach Leisure Centre on March 16.
The night will also feature legendary bare-knuckle boxer James Quinn McDonagh and Celebrity Big Brother winner Paddy Doherty.
“I was talking about Aberdeen with Tyson the other day and it is going to be a good night,” he said.
“It is the chance to meet us up close and personal and ask some questions.
“The fans can always expect the truth from me, whether they like it or not.
“I am someone who does not beat around the bush.
“Ask all the questions and I will answer them.”
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