Saunders vs Monroe Jr Info
Billy Joe Saunders beat Willie Monroe Jr by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 16th September 2017 at Copper Box Arena in London.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Billy Joe Saunders.
The fight took place over rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 160 pounds (11.4 stone or 72.6 KG).
This contest was for the WBO middleweight championship of the world.
Saunders vs Monroe Jr stats
Billy Joe Saunders stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 24 wins, zero loses and draws.
Willie Monroe Jr made his way to the ring with a record of 21 wins, 2 loses and draws.
The stats suggested that Saunders and Monroe Jr have similar power, both with a 0% knock out percentage.
Billy Joe Saunders was the younger man by 3 years, at 30 years old.
Saunders had a height advantage of 1 inch over Monroe Jr. Despite this, Monroe Jr had 3-inch reach advantage.
Both Billy Joe Saunders & Willie Monroe Jr fought out of a southpaw stance.
Saunders was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 1 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 11 months later than Monroe Jr, who’s first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 22 more professional rounds, 202 to Monroe Jr's 180.
Willie Monroe Jr was ranked number 2 by the WBO in the 160lb division.
Saunders vs Monroe Jr form
Saunders remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Artur Akavov on 3rd December 2016 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Middleweight championship fight at Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Andy Lee on 19th December 2015 by majority decision in their WBO World Middleweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
Going into that contest, he had beat Yoann Bloyer on 24th July 2015 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Wembley Arena, London.
Before that, he had won against Chris Eubank Jr on 29th November 2014 by split decision in their BBBOC British Middleweight and CBC Commonwealth Middleweight championship fight at ExCel Arena, London.
He had beat Emanuele Blandamura on 26th July 2014 by knockout in the 8th round at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
Willie Monroe Jr had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Gabriel Rosado on 17th September 2016 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at AT&T Stadium, Texas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated John Thompson on 11th June 2016 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Gennady Golovkin on 16th May 2015 by technical knockout in the 6th round in their WBC World Middleweight and WBA Super World Middleweight championship fight at Forum, Inglewood.
Before that, he had won against Brian Vera on 16th January 2015 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona.
He had defeated Brandon Adams on 23rd May 2014 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Willie Monroe Jr had been fighting more than Billy Joe Saunders.
Going to this contest, Billy Joe Saunders had last fought 3 years and 8 months ago, while Willie Monroe Jr's last outing had been 3 years 10 months and 17 days ago.
Saunders' last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years 4 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 48 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.6 rounds on average.
Monroe Jr's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years 3 months and 25 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months. In those fights, he fought a total of 48 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.6 rounds on average.
What time did Saunders vs Monroe Jr start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:50 pm BST at Copper Box Arena, London, United Kingdom, which was 6:50 pm EST or 3:50 pm PST on the West Coast of America.
Who broadcast Saunders vs Monroe Jr?
Saunders vs Monroe Jr was broadcast on BoxNation in the UK.