March 20, 2018 / 3:39 PM / a month ago

Boxing-Injured Saunders postpones WBO title defense

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has postponed his title defense against Martin Murray next month after suffering a hand injury in training.

FILE PHOTO - Boxing - Billy Joe Saunders & Martin Murray Press Conference - Savoy Hotel, London, Britain - January 25, 2018 Billy Joe Saunders during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

The fight with compatriot Murray was scheduled for London’s O2 Arena on April 14 but will now take place on June 23.

Saunders has defended his title three times, most recently against David Lemieux in Canada in December.

“I felt my hand go during a session this week and sought medical advice immediately,” he said.

“Unfortunately, I’ve been told that I can’t punch anything for four weeks so we’ve been left with no choice but to withdraw from the date. My trainer Dominic Ingle will make sure I’m fit and prepared to put on another show on June 23rd.”

Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond

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