Billy Joe Saunders vs Shefat Isufi officially announced

Billy Joe Saunders will take on Shefat Isufi for the WBO interim super-middleweight title on May 18.


The fight will take place at Lamex Stadium, home to League Two side Stevenage in Hertfordshire.


Saunders could yet be fighting Isufi for the full title depending on whether or not current champion Gilberto Ramirez moves up in weight and vacates the belt.


Lamex Stadium will be hosting a fight for the first time but will be a perfect location for Saunders, who is based in Hatfield.


A crowd of 15,000 supporters are expected to fill the ground with the vast majority cheering for the unbeaten British fighter.


Isufi is a 29-year-old Serbian fighter based in Germany. His record stands at 27 wins, three draws and two defeats.


Saunders is looking to get back on track after a horrendous 2018. He had to give up his WBO middleweight title due to a positive drugs test before his scheduled defence against Demetrius Andrade last October.


He claimed the oxilofrine found in his test was in a nasal spray he’d used.


But the banned substance wasn’t the only misdemeanor. He was fined a whopping £100,000 by the British Boxing Board of Control after a video emerged online of him telling a woman he’d give her £150-worth of drugs to perform a sex act and punch a pedestrian.


Saunders’ promoter Frank Warren said: ‘We’re looking to get Billy restarted after a dreadful time last year.


‘Moving up a division is a step forward and he can do big things. The football stadium is a terrific venue right in the heart of his area and it will be a great occasion.


‘It’s not far from the station and its only 20 minutes by train from Finsbury Park. The fans will love it.’

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