The unbeaten 28-year-old would relish an all-British showdown at 160 pounds with the Olympic silver medallist
BILLY JOE SAUNDERS has called out Amir Khan after retaining his WBO middleweight belt against Willie Monroe Jr.
The 28-year-old claimed a comfortable unanimous points decision victory against the American on Saturday night at the Copperbox Arena.
And speaking post-fight, the unbeaten southpaw turned his attention to an all-British showdown against the 2004 Olympic silver medallist at 160 pounds.
Saunders told reporters: “There’s some big names out there.
“Khan’s boxed before at 160, I’d love the Amir Khan fight, what a fight that would be.”
The last time the 30-year-old featured inside the ring was against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at middleweight in May 2016.
However he suffered a devastating sixth round KO at the hands of the Mexican with the WBC and Ring Magazine belts on the line.
Saunders added: “He’s a very good name – I rate him – I’ve watched him for years, I know him and Kell Brook haven’t got it on, but if Khan’s looking for a big UK fight then I want to fight him.
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“I don’t call his name by being disrespectful to him, I call his name because I think he’s a good fighter.
“I’m willing if he wants to come to 160, he done it for Canelo, he might not think I’m a good fighter to Canelo and he’s got a good chance of winning the title at 160, I’d love the chance.”
Saunders’ trainer Dominic Ingle suggested after the Monroe Jr clash that he could even drop down to light-middleweight.
Khan recently revealed that he will retire from boxing in two years time – citing the hunger to win another world title as his motivation.
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