After winning the WBO World Middleweight Title with an impressive display on Saturday night, we have a look at six potential opponents for Billy Joe's next move.
Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto may have lost his WBC World Title last time out, but Saunders has openly admitted he fancies the fight. Whether Cotto continues or drops down a weight remains to be seen but after Billy’s recent U.S exposure, a fight against Cotto isn’t out of the question.
The Kazakh KO King is screaming out for opponents and has publicly expressed his desire to collect all of the Middleweight World Titles. Saunders now has one of the missing pieces to Golovkin’s jigsaw, but realistically the Hatfield southpaw supremo thinks the GGG fight is 18 months down the line.
Jacobs retained his WBA Title in sensational style, stopping Peter Quillin inside the first minute of their recent Battle for Brooklyn clash. Mandated to fight Eubank Jr but a unification bout could take precedence.
Unlikely given Canelo’s two fight plan in 2016, one of which is signed to be Golovkin after May’s intended date. The reigning WBC World Champion would be a more realistic name if we were writing this list in a years’ time, but can't be ruled out.
Chris Eubank Jr
It’s 1-0 to Saunders but Eubank Jr called for a rematch on Twitter shortly after Billy Joe’s victory. Will the pair get it on once more? Eubank Jr pulled out of a potential rematch earlier this year and is mandatory to fight Daniel Jacobs for the WBA ‘regular’ title. It’s a real grudge match and it’s inevitable their paths will cross again at some point.
CHRIS EUBANK JR VS BILLY JOE SAUNDERS FOR THE WORLD TITLE... LET'S GET IT ON #2016 #TEAMEUBANK— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) December 19, 2015
Another domestic fight, unbeaten Langford holds the WBO Intercontinental Middleweight strap and is currently ranked #6 in their World Rankings. The 26 year old is also promoted by Frank Warren so the fight would be easy to make if Saunders seeks a voluntary defence.