During Monday’s press conference to announce Billy Joe Saunders’ next World Title defence, the Champion claimed his opponent, Willie Monroe Jr, is mentally weak and a quitter.
Monroe Jr’s last shot at World honours came in May 2015, where the American was hammered by Gennady Golovkin before telling the referee he had had enough in the sixth round.
“I already have the mental edge over him. He said he was done against Golovkin and that's not what a warrior would do,” argued Saunders, but the challenger countered by stating that the WBO World Middleweight Champion had only fought on home soil.
“Billy Joe has had a lot of luxuries throughout his career that I haven't had. All of his fights have been here in his own backyard, he hasn't had to go into the Lion's Den to prove himself,” replied the New Yorker.
Since the ‘Triple G’ defeat, Monroe has bounced back with two wins, most recently outpointing Gabe Rosado. Prior to that meeting last September, Monroe taunted Rosado, who lost his temper at the weigh-in.
“He [Rosado] got into his emotions, and we know boxing is a cerebral game. Once you bring your emotions into it, you move the cerebral aspect and just get broken down.”
The 30-year-old hinted at trying to get inside Saunders’ head before they square off on September 16th.
“I'm not a very loud and boisterous person when it comes to getting under your skin, but I've got a little knack. I know how to get under your skin. I'll be here 10 days before the fight. You'll see a few things!”
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