Billy Joe Saunders v Shefat Isufi: Briton vows to bounce back after torrid spell

Billy Joe Saunders v Shefat Isufi: Briton vows to bounce back after torrid spell
Saunders faces Isufi at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium
Saunders v Isufi
Venue: Lamex Stadium, Stevenage Date: 18 May
Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and live-text commentary on BBC Sport website

Billy Joe Saunders says he must “send a message” to rivals when he bids for a world title in a bout described as the “most important” of his career.

Saunders, 29, faces German-based Serb Shefat Isufi for the vacant WBO world super-middleweight title on Saturday.

It follows a chaotic 18 months during which Saunders gave up a world title over an adverse doping test and was fined £100,000 for a social media post.

“I had a terrible 2018 and feel my title was robbed from me,” he said.

“I jumped at this fight when it was offered and I will become a two-weight world champion. It is all fine saying I look good hitting the pads, but I have to be on my A game and send a message to the other super-middleweights.”

BBC Radio 5 Live will have full commentary of the contest from the Lamex Stadium – home of Stevenage FC – on Saturday night, with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

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