TWO-TIME world champion Billy Joe Saunders has jumped ship from Frank Warren to join Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing.
Entering the stable of Anthony Joshua, Katie Taylor and Kell Brook is seen as a big move as the WBO super-middleweight belt holder looks to arrange a bout with Canelo Alvarez.
2 Billy Joe may be set to finally land some major opponentsCredit: PA:Press Association
2 Hearn will take the Hertfordshire fighter over to Sky SportsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Reports indicate it was an amicable split from long-term promoter Warren with the switch confirmed on Tuesday.
The 67-year-old signed Saunders, 29, in 2008 as he turned professional.
And the boxer has since gone on to accumulate an impressive 28-0 record in the ring.
Most recently, he downed German fighter Shefat Isufi to win the vacant WBO belt.
It was the southpaw's second world championship having previously held the middleweight title from 2015 to 2018.
Last month, Matchroom chief Hearn told Sun Sport that Billy Joe's career had suffered from missing out on fights with major opponents such as Canelo, Gennady Golovkin and Callum Smith.
Warren is linked to British broadcaster BT Sport and DAZN in the States, with the Matchroom deal seeing Billy Joe's contests moving to Sky Sports.
Welcome to the big league @bjsaunders_ – this is going to be a lot of fun! @SkySportsBoxing @DAZN_USA pic.twitter.com/orTaJi5e8z
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) August 13, 2019
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He said: “Billy Joe really has had no momentum in his career, how he hasn’t had a big fight, I don’t know, because he is a quality fighter and he is wasted at the moment. We shall see.
“Canelo is up for fighting Billy Joe Saunders and so was Golovkin but they couldn’t get it done."
Under Warren's promotion brand remain the likes of Tyson Fury, Josh Warrington and Nicola Adams.