Saunders has not fought for over a year, though he was cruelly denied a shot at Canelo Alvarez with his fight falling through, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. An opportunity against the Mexican could still present itself in 2021, though Murray represents a banana skin for the two-weight world champion, who will need to impress to remain attractive to the broadcasters.
Murray has proven to be an awkward opponent for other world champions in the past and it is widely accepted that he is unfortunate to not count himself as a world title holder after a disputed points defeat against Sergio Martinez.
Murray lost a majority decision against Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam in 2018, though the 38-year-old will be determined to grasp this chance, having been denied a fight against Saunders in the past twice, with the two fights between the pair cancelled in recent years.
The undercard will involve James Tennyson, Zach Parker, Shannon Courtenay and Lerrone Richards. Here is everything you need to know:
When and where is the fight?
The fight is on Friday 4 December at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London.
When are the ring walks and what time will the fight start?
You can expect the ring walks to start from around 10pm onwards, although that could change depending on the undercard results.
What TV channel is it on and is there a live stream?
The card will be shown on Sky Sports Arena from 7pm and the main event on Sky Sports Main Event from 10pm.
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Billy Joe Saunders v Martin Murray – WBO Super Middleweight Title
James Tennyson v Josh O’Reilly
Zach Parker v Cesar Nunez – WBO International Super Middleweight Title
Shannon Courtenay v Dorota Norek
Lerrone Richards v TBA
Donte Dixon v Angelo Dragon
Lewis Edmondson v John Telford
Saunders win: 1/33. Knockout: 9/4. Points: 2/5.
Murray win: 11/1. Knockout: 20/1. Points: 20/1.
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