Billy Joe started at 5 years old following his brother Tom to the boxing gym. Tom is regarded as one of the most talented amateurs the country has seen. Billy Joe joined the Cheshunt Boxing Club and had a sterling amateur career, winning numerous titles and competitions which led him to get selected for the GB squad. Neil Perkins was the current pick for the 2008 Olympic boxing 69kg spot. With Saunders impressing he got given an opportunity. Saunders got sent to the Strandja Cup where he won gold and beat the Cuban in the final which led to Billy Joe being picked for Olympic squad at just 18. Billy Joe beat the world number 2 in the first fight but was later defeated by the same Cuban who he had previously beaten (at Strandja Cup) just 6 weeks before. After the Olympics, after numerous offers, Billy Joe decided to turn professional with Frank Warren in a massive deal which saw Frankie Gavin, amateur world champ, James Degale Olympic gold winner and Billy Joe all turn pro. A lot of people saw Billy Joe as the standout talent after there first 3-4 fights. In his first 13 fights he had captured the Southern Area (11th fight) and Commonwealth (13th) titles with the latter in a staggering performance all of 32 seconds at the Royal Albert hall. Billy Joe’s biggest test to date came in his 15th fight against unbeaten Australian Jarrod Fletcher who was an outstanding amateur himself and had beaten James Degale. The fight was a defence of the Commonwealth title and Billy Joe rose to the occasion with a second round TKO victory. His next fight would be for the esteemed British title against Nick Blackwell, where he won a unanimous points decision. Then went on to beat experienced pro Mathew Ball in his next defence before going on to beat 4 unbeaten opponents back to back with a combined record of 71-0. Including a huge grudge match with rival Chris Eubank Jr. Billy Joe joined forces with MTK and next was a world title challenge against none other than Irish traveller world champion Andy Lee. The fight was huge, especially amongst the travelling community. Saunders dropped Lee twice in the third round and went on to win by decision in a great performance and becoming World champion. After some trouble with things outside of the ring it was 12 months before he made his next defence and the ring rust showed in a below par performance but successful defence of his title against Artur Akavov. Next was tricky American Southpaw Willie Monroe who Saunders dominated from the build up of the first, through to the last bell. Next up was a big offer from HBO for defence against David Lemieux. It meant Saunders going to Lemieux’s backyard in Montreal, Canada. After a fiery build up, Billy Joe dominated Lemieux for every second of the fight and even mocked him by looking out to the crowd during the fight after making Lemieux miss big with his punches. Next came an inactive period of trying to chase big fights which just weren’t coming off. Before an opportunity arose to box for the world title at the weight above against Shefat Isufu, a man who had come down from cruiserweight, that was three weight divisions above where Billy Joe was coming up from. Billy Joe boxed a brilliant performance and on his way to victory broke the record of being hit with the least amount of punches in a twelve round World Championship fight in history of famous boxing statastician COMPUBOX, Becoming an undefeated 2x 2 weight world champion.t Later on that year Billy Joe joined forces with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and went on to make his American debut in Los Angeles on November 9th where he successfully defended his title with a highlight real stoppage against Marcelo Coceres in the 11th round