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Predicting Saunders – Monroe Jr.

Willie Monroe Jr. is no stranger to big fights and this Saturday he will not only find himself in another big fight – he will also be finding himself in hostile territory as he brings a 21-2 record into the ring at the expected packed house at Copper Box Arena in London.

Though Monroe, 30, has been active in his career – this will be his first outside of the United States and a true road fight as the crowd will be heavily in favor of the 24-0 hometown champion, Billy Joe Saunders.

Saunders, 28, is considered by many as nothing more than a paper champion – someone who has sought the minimal opposition in defending the title which he has held since defeating Andy Lee in 2015.

When the southpaw Saunders enters the ring against Monroe – he will be entering in a ring against a fellow southpaw who will have the advantage in speed.

Monroe should be able to have some success in landing his jab while keeping distance early and then using his speed to cutoff the ring when he feels the need to apply more pressure.

With both fighters lacking knockout power – it’s going to be up to Monroe to maintain his quick jab and feet over the duration of 12 rounds to keep Saunders from countering with his quick, fast paced combinations he has shown he can throw from distance with success.

Saunders – who has been fairly inactive only fighting once since his winning his title – is also known for his ability to work the body – something that might take a few rounds to materialize while he attempts to get his timing down.

When predicting a fight like this that looks to be a very entertaining and even fight on paper one must look for a variable.  In this fight the variable is hunger and in my opinion – Monroe is the hungrier fighter who lost his last title opportunity against Gennady Golovkin in 2015.

Monroe will not only defeat Saunders on his own soil but he will do it in convincing fashion opening up a huge lead and pulling away late on the judges score cards.

 

 

Photo of Monroe Jr and Saunders courtesy of BT Sports Promotions Media Release

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Brian Whan
Brian Whan is a boxing contributor for RSENReport and also runs a website in his home city of Youngstown, Ohio covering the local boxing scene. You can follow Brian on Twitter @bee_whan. In his spare time, Brian enjoys spending time with his daughter, Victoria and watching the Minnesota Gophers and all Cleveland pro teams.

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