Billy Joe Saunders can fight superstars like Canelo if he ditches Frank Warren and joins me says Eddie Hearn – The Sun

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS can land the monster fights he craves if he is willing to leave long-time promoter Frank Warren, says his rival Eddie Hearn.

The 29-year-old Hatford southpaw made his professional debut with Warren’s Queensbury promotional banner in 2009 and became an undefeated two-weight world champion in May this year when he collected the WBO super-middleweight strap.

But he has missed out on career-defining fights against star names like Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and, most recently, British rival Callum Smith.

Those three superstars all box on the DAZN streaming network Hearn has a $1billion deal with and it appears the Traveller will have to switch camps if he wants the biggest fights, with Hearn waiting in his Essex office with open arms.

The Matchroom boss said: “Billy Joe really has had no momentum in his career, how he hasn’t had a big fight, I don’t know, because he is a quality fighter and he is wasted at the moment. We shall see.

“Canelo is up for fighting Billy Joe Saunders and so was Golovkin but they couldn’t get it done.

“It’s not easy making big fights, Kell Brook has wanted the Amir Khan and Terence Crawford fights for years, it doesn’t just happen like that.

"Billy has been extremely loyal to Frank Warren and I admire that.

“I think Billy Joe is an excellent fighter, capable of beating Canelo and Golovkin but you have got to get him in the ring with them first.”

He is a quality fighter and he is wasted at the moment.

Warren gave an in depth interview to his own UK broadcaster BT Sport this week but had very little to say about Saunders’ uncertain future.

After waxing lyrical about stars in his stable like Tyson Fury, Josh Warrington and Anthony Yarde, the Hall of Fame fight maker clammed up when quizzed on plans for BJS.

Warren said: “We are having a talk this week where we will make some serious decisions about where we are with Bill, in general.”

Hearn and Saunders have enjoyed a less-than-friendly relationship over the years but the 40-year-old is ready to put all the bad blood aside to make the unlikely partnership work.

Saunders was stripped of his WBO middleweight title in October when he failed a drugs test before fighting Hearn-promoted Demetrius Andrade.

The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission took the harsh step of blocking his licence and the former Team GB stylist accused Hearn of skullduggery.

But Hearn feels Saunders was given an overzealous punishment and would still be happy to work with him.

He said: “I don’t work for the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission.

"I believe that Vada situation with Billy Joe was unintentional. I don’t think Billy is that way inclined.

“If he walked into my office tomorrow I could make him fights with Callum Smith, Canelo, Demetrius Andrade, Danny Jacobs and Golovkin.

“They are with us, on platforms that we work with.

“But people will not be queuing up to fight Billy Joe because he is going to be very hard to beat.”

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