It promises to be a thrilling fight between the pair, with Saunders (29-0) needing to make a statement after over a year out the ring, when he defeated Marcelo Esteban Coceres by knockout in Los Angeles. Saunders had hoped to agree a blockbuster bout with Canelo Alvarez, however, those plans were wrecked by the pandemic and he needs to impress to leave himself in pole position for a unification fight in 2021.
Murray, a rugged veteran of the world title scene, will be no easy touch, though. The pair have been scheduled to fight twice before, with the bouts being cancelled at late notice due to injuries, and the 38-year-old knows this will be his last attempt to win a world title. He has fallen short, often controversially, in the past and has promised to put everything on the line at the SSE Wembley Arena. Meanwhile, James Tennyson, Lerrone Richards and Shannon Courtenay all feature on the undercard. Follow all the action below:
Tom Kershaw4 December 2020 23:17
Tom Kershaw4 December 2020 23:05
HEARN: I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT PERFORMANCE
I thought he was a bit over-critical after being out of the ring for a year. I thought it was a great performance. Credit to Martin Murray, he was as tough as old boots.
Tom Kershaw4 December 2020 22:58
SAUNDERS: IT WAS LIKE BOXING IN A CEMETERY
I’ve been out over a year now. It’s like boxing in a cemetery. I like performing in front of a crowd… I tried to set a rhythm but he’s a cunning old fox and he tied me up. It’s not a performance I’m going to shout about. I probably needed the rounds. The main thing is I’m still 30-0 and let’s see if I can make a big fight [next year].
Tom Kershaw4 December 2020 22:56
SAUNDERS WINS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Saunders 120-109 120-109 118-110 Murray
Tom Kershaw4 December 2020 22:51
SAUNDERS VS MURRAY: ROUND TWELVE
The final bell rings! Murray gave his all in the final round but it was never going to be enough. The pair embrace and Saunders will be delighted with that performance, even if he did not get the knockout. The scorecards now should just be a formality, but if this is the last time we see Murray in the ring, this performance, at 38, was another huge testament to a great British fighter.
Tom Kershaw4 December 2020 22:50
SAUNDERS VS MURRAY: ROUND ELEVEN
Another exhibition of uppercuts from Saunders in the eleventh round. He’s been hugely impressive tonight, even if he doesn’t get the knockout and is surely miles ahead on the scorecards now. Jamie Moore tells Martin Murray to “go out with your head held high”.
Tom Kershaw4 December 2020 22:45
SAUNDERS VS MURRAY: ROUND TEN
Saunders doesn’t really heed that advice, though, landing a brilliant hook-uppercut combination. When the pair come together, Saunders is blatantly using his head but the referee doesn’t step in. “Bully him, bully him,” cries Tibbs in the corner.
Tom Kershaw4 December 2020 22:40
SAUNDERS VS MURRAY: ROUND NINE
Another dominant round from Saunders, who is landing some really impressive punches, particularly the uppercut as Murray attempts to come in close. Murray seems to have no response but his trainer Jamie Moore attempts to rally him in the corner between rounds. Mark Tibbs tells Saunders to try and take the next round off, having already gained a huge advantage on the scorecards, rather than getting dragged into a dirty fight.
Tom Kershaw4 December 2020 22:38
SAUNDERS VS MURRAY: ROUND EIGHT
Murray is encouraged by his corner but it’s Saunders who dominates the eighth. A series of three one-twos find the target and he’s sitting down on his shots more before a low blow causes the referee to intervene again. Murray is getting increasingly frustrated with Saunders’ perceived dirty tactics and barrels inside, leading with his head in response. A fantastic right uppercut catches him, though. “Good work Billy boy,” says Saunders’ trainer, Mark Tibbs.
Tom Kershaw4 December 2020 22:32