WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders clashed with Avtandil Khurtsidze in Leicester on Saturday night, setting up a bout between the pair in London on July 8th.

Saunders had just seen the hard-hitting Georgian stop Tommy Langford in five rounds to win the WBO Interim belt. At a post-fight press conference, the Hatfield man asked trainer Andre Rozier if Khurtsidze is ready for him.

Rozier, who also coaches Daniel Jacobs, responded: "Of course! He's ready right now. Do you want to fight him tonight?"

"Would you want to go today?" replied Saunders. "You Americans come over here talking s**t. You're irrelevant! Your man will get stopped in six rounds!"

"He's the wrong one to do that with," said Rozier. Don't shout at him, that's suicide! We'll settle this in the ring."

Saunders lifted the WBO strap after outpointing Andy Lee in December 2015, the 24-0 southpaw had been hoping to secure a unification with Gennady Golovkin this summer but if the fight fails to materialise, he may be forced to look at other options.

Khurtsidze, nicknamed 'Mini Mike Tyson', is an avoided man in the division, and his team will be confident he will leave the UK with a victory once again should be face Saunders.