According to veteran coach Dominic Engel, former League Two champion Billy Joe Saunders is finally back in training with the potential to return for the month of December.
Saunders, 32, has been out of the ring since May 2021 – when he suffered his first career defeat to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Saunders did well in the fight, but Canelo eventually broke his orbital bone and the British fighter was unable to continue.
For over a year, Saunders has kept a very low profile and some felt he might retire from the sport.
Engel trained Saunders from 2017 to 2019. He says the boxer is now back in his gym and wants to fight again before the end of the year.
“He’s only back two weeks ago to find his feet, and move away from home. He’s aiming to fight in December. Nutrition expert Greg Marriott is based in Sheffield, we just have to sit down and make a plan of where he’s going. That’s another conversation I need,” Engel told The Sheffield Star. To make it when I get back to Sheffield. It might work, and it might not.”
The Star reports that Saunders representatives have been contacted to confirm quotes from Ingle, but they insist the fighter is “currently retired and will not return to boxing.”