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Billy Joe Saunders v Martin Murray predictions & betting tips: 5 reasons to back BJS to win by decision

Leigh Copson 16 Apr 2018

Billy Joe Saunders makes the latest defence of his WBO world middleweight title when he faces domestic rival Martin Murray on June 23, and we have picked out five reasons why you should back the champion to win this fight via decision.

Billy Joe Saunders. (Photo by Leigh Dawney/Getty Images)


5 Reasons Why You Should Back Saunders To Win By Decision


  1. Billy Joe Saunders is going into this fight on the back of the biggest victory of his professional career so far. Despite fighting in ‘enemy territory’, Saunders outclassed power-puncher David Lemieux back in December, running out a comfortable winner on the scorecards to improve his perfect record to 26-0.
  2. Saunders was able to outclass Lemieux in his most recent defence, but he was unable to stop the Canadian inside 12 rounds and that lack of finishing power has largely been the story of the British middleweight’s career so far. He has stopped only 12 of his previous 26 opponents and just two of those stoppage victories have come since his September 2014 win over Jarrod Fletcher.
  3. What he lacks in punching power, Saunders makes up for it with his technical skills, footwork and fitness. The 28-year-old is a slick operator who can pick apart an opponent over 12 rounds to earn the nod from the judges.
  4. Opponent Martin Murray is not a man that is easy to stop – in fact only one of his four professional defeats has come via stoppage and that was against super-middleweight wrecking ball Gennady Golovkin. Murray has gone the distance with the likes of George Groves and Arthur Abraham and I fully expect him to stick around for the full 12 rounds against Saunders.
  5. The method of victory market is available to all customers and that means if this bet is a winner you will be paid out in cash. The bookmakers are largely convinced about how this fight will go down and that severely limits our options for this fight, but backing Saunders to win via decision does offer a decent return with a £20 stake will lead to a return of £30 if BJS gets the nod from the judges.


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Billy Joe Saunders v Martin Murray predictions & betting tips: 5 reasons to back BJS to win by decision

Billy Joe Saunders makes the latest defence of his WBO world middleweight title when he faces domestic rival Martin Murray on June 23, and we have picked out five reasons why you should back the champion to win this fight via decision.

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