Belts on The Line
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Who won Saunders vs Murray?
Billy Joe Saunders beat Martin Murray by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Friday 4th December 2020 at Wembley (SSE) Arena in London.
The scorecards were announced as 120-109, 118-110, 120-109 in favor of winner Billy Joe Saunders.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 168 pounds (12 stone or 76.2 KG).
This contest was for the WBO super middleweight championship of the world.
Also, on the undercard James Tennyson was victorious over Josh O’Reilly for the WBA World Lightweight championship, Lerrone Richards beat Timo Laine and Shannon Courtenay defeated Dorota Norek.
Saunders vs Murray stats
Billy Joe Saunders stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 29 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 14 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Martin Murray made his way to the ring with a record of 39 wins, 5 loses and 1 draw, with 17 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Saunders had a slight advantage in power over Murray, with a 48% knock out percentage over Murray's 44%.
Billy Joe Saunders was the younger man by 7 years, at 32 years old.
Murray had a height advantage of 1 inch over Saunders. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Billy Joe Saunders fought out of the southpaw stance, while Martin Murray was an orthodox fighter.
Saunders was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 16 less fights, and made his debut in 2009, 1 year and 5 months later than Murray, whose first professional fight was in 2007. He had fought 86 less professional rounds, 222 to Murray's 308.
Martin Murray was ranked number 12 by the WBO in the 168lb division.
Saunders vs Murray form
Saunders had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Marcelo Esteban Coceres on 9th November 2019 by knockout in the 11th round in their WBO World Super Middleweight championship fight at Staples Center, LA, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Shefat Isufi on 18th May 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Super Middleweight championship fight at Lamex Stadium, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had beat Charles Adamu on 22nd December 2018 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
Before that, he had defeated David Lemieux on 16th December 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Middleweight championship fight at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada.
He had won against Willie Monroe Jr on 16th September 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Middleweight championship fight at Copper Box Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Martin Murray had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Sladan Janjanin on 15th November 2019 by points in the 8th round at Olympia, Merseyside, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Rui Manuel Pavanito on 12th July 2019 by points in the 10th round at Olympia, Merseyside.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Hassan N’Dam on 22nd December 2018 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
Before that, he had beat Roberto Garcia on 23rd June 2018 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at The O2 Arena, London.
He had won against Gabriel Rosado on 22nd April 2017 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Echo Arena, Liverpool.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Billy Joe Saunders had been fighting more than Martin Murray.
Going to this contest, Billy Joe Saunders had last fought 2 years and 21 days ago, while Martin Murray's last outing had been 2 years and 15 days ago.
Saunders' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 2 months and 14 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 51 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.2 rounds on average.
Murray's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 7 months and 8 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 54 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.8 rounds on average.
What time did Saunders vs Murray start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM GMT at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London, United Kingdom, which was 5:00 PM EST or 2:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
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What were the odds on Saunders vs Murray?
Billy Joe Saunders was a 1/25 (-2499) favourite going into the contest, while Martin Murray made his way into the ring at 9/1 (+900) with oddsmakers.