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Published: 14:45 | 16/5/19

Saunders wants Smith bout


Billy Joe Saunders wants a unification bout with WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith if he overcomes Shefat Isufi for the vacant WBO super-middleweight title on Saturday night.

Saunders is stepping up in weight for Saturday's bout against Isufi at Lamex Stadium in Stevenage, live on BT Sport, and he has already set his sights on a clash with Smith.

“I will make the Callum Smith fight, if he wants it, the day after I win," the unbeaten fight said.

"I’ll get my team on the phone and if we can do that fight, then let’s make it. He’s a brilliant fighter at 168 and I’d be willing to sign for a unification the day after I fight. He’s done very well, he’s achieved so much and I have a lot of respect for him. But it’s a fight I believe I can win.

“He will believe his size will play a big part in it, but I haven’t been beaten on British soil since I was 13. I have a good record here and I believe I can beat any super-middleweight or middleweight in the world.”

Smith will make the first defence of his title at New York's Madison Square Garden on Saturday, 1 June and Saunders believes they should meet in the ring if they both come through their respective fights.

“I think a world title brings out the true colours in people. Let’s see how they react if you want a unification because a lot of people are blinded by the dollar bill," he added.

“All us British fighters, we’re not getting any younger and we need to get these big fights on and give them to the fans and the public. We don’t want to do a Matthew Macklin/Martin Murray or Darren Barker situation. All of us have got to start fighting each other to see who the best is so we can answer the fans’ questions.

“I’m very excited because I think winning this title will open a lot of doors for me.”

Billy Joe Saunders fights Shefat Isufi for the vacant WBO super-middleweight title on Saturday night, live on BT Sport on the eir sport pack. Subscribe here

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