Billy Joe Saunders and Willie Monroe Jr. Battle This Weekend

    While most boxing fans will be watching the fight for boxing middleweight supremacy in Las Vegas this weekend, another showdown is brewing across the pond. 

    WBO middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders takes on Willie Monroe, Jr., this Saturday at the Copper Box Arena in London. Saunders (24-0) is the undefeated middleweight champion that holds the other belt in the division. Based on whoever wins the matchup between the two, it is inevitable that they will meet the winner of Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. That is of course if boxing politics doesn’t get in the way.

    While Oscar De La Hoya and the Golden Boy Promotions crew have done an amazing job keeping the world’s attention on Canelo vs. GGG, Saunders and Monroe have taken it upon themselves to keep their bout on the radar with the antics leading up to tomorrow’s showdown.  

    ‘REMEMBER THIS?’ – BILLY JOE SAUNDERS TAUNTS MONROE JR BY SHOWING HIM FOOTAGE OF GOLOVKIN DEFEAT

    ‘REMEMBER THIS?’ – BILLY JOE SAUNDERS TAUNTS WILLIE MONROE JR BY SHOWING HIM FOOTAGE OF GOLOVKIN DEFEAT

    At the press conference, Saunders taunted Monroe, showing footage of his 2015 6th round TKO loss to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on a cell phone while on the dais. If that wasn’t enough, the two did a mock stare-down that almost turned violent when Monroe bumped Saunders’ hat. Saunders, in turn, took Monroe’s glasses off his face. Once the corner men got involved, it was a recipe for disaster that wound up not going the full distance.

    HEATED BEEF!! – BILLY JOE SAUNDERS & WILLIE MONROE JR SQUARE UP & CLASH – MAYHEM AT PEACOCK GYM!

    WARNING THIS VIDEO CONTAINS VERY STRONG LANGUAGE* HEATED BEEF!! – BILLY JOE SAUNDERS & WILLIE MONROE JR SQUARE UP & CLASH – MAYHEM AT PEACOCK GYM!

    Then at the weigh-in, after the two finished on the scale, Saunders’ young son jumped between the fighters onto the scale and punched Monroe below the belt with malice, before being pulled away kicking.

    Bizarre! Billy Joe Saunders’ son punches Willie Monroe Jr in the nuts while his dad is weighing in

    Billy Joe Saunders’ son takes a shot at Willie Monroe Jr. as the pair pose on the stage at the weigh-in ahead of Saturday’s Fight Night live on BT Sport. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/17YTeL5 Twitter: http://twitter.com/btsport Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/btsport Instagram:http://instagram.com/btsport Website: http://sport.bt.com

    It is not clear when this animosity started brewing but one thing is for sure, this is the underrated fight of the weekend that has already started with fireworks.     

    Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.