Billy Joe Saunders cleared the way for his big world title showdown against WBO World Middleweight Champion Andy Lee with a devastating performance over Frenchman Yoann Bloyer at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
The hard-hitting southpaw was fast and accurate as he took apart Bloyer to warm up for his date with Lee on Saturday 19th September at Thomond Park, Limerick, in the first ever all-Traveller world title fight.
Unbeaten Saunders was having his first fight since his victory over rival Chris Eubank Jnr last November and needed to get in some ring action before heading into the big fight against Irish star Lee.
The Hatfield ace dropped Bloyer with a big right uppercut towards the end of the third round with the bell saving him, but in the the fourth a hard right dropped Bloyer and despite rising, the referee waved it off.
Straight afterwards Saunders said, “I was out of the ring for eight months so Bloyer was there to give me a run out and shake off any ring rust. I did the job in five, taking my time and then taking him out when I was good and ready.”
“I’ll be a totally different animal on September 19th in Limerick, just you wait and see,”
“I’m back in the gym tomorrow (Saturday) and then we’re off to Marbella to begin serious, hard, training and that’s when the blood, sweat and tears begin,”
“With the fight against Eubank, I got messed about by him, always wandering if he was going to pull out or not, but I’ve got no worries about that with Lee, he’s like me, a real fighting man and when we say we fight, we fight,”
“I respect Lee, he’s the world champion and he’s done it the hard way, but this fight is about me and I’ll be there to smash him up and take the title,”
“A good boxer will always beat a brawler and I’m the better boxer in the fight and he’ll be relying on his punch, but it won’t work for him.”