Frank Warren and Billy Joe Saunders have ended an 11-year promotional partnership.
Billy Joe Saunders has split with promoter Frank Warren after 11 years.
Saunders is a two-weight world champion, having beaten Shefat Isufi to the vacant WBO super-middleweight title in May, but he has not been able to secure fights with world-renowned stars such as Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
A statement from Warren on Friday suggested a failure to deliver such bouts was behind “an amicable release from his promotional contract”.
Saunders has previously suggested Golovkin and Alvarez have avoided him due to his style in the ring, although injury also contributed to him going 12 months without a contest after overcoming David Lemieux in December 2017.
The 29-year-old was due to face Demetrius Andrade in October 2018 but was refused a licence to fight in Boston following an adverse analytical finding in a test carried out by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association in August.
Saunders returned to the ring in December 2018 and beat Charles Adamu in Manchester before defeating Isufi earlier this year.
The statement on his split from Warren read: “It was mutually agreed that after struggling to regain this collective momentum, and with certain fights not immediately available within the partnership, it is in the interests of both parties to pursue their respective goals separately.”
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) August 2, 2019
Warren added: “I’ve really enjoyed working with Billy Joe through his whole professional career and guiding him to become British, Commonwealth, European and a two-weight world champion.
“I’m personally very fond of Billy Joe and I wish him every success in the remainder of his career.”
Saunders said: “It feels a little bittersweet and I’ll always be appreciative for everything Frank has done for me. We’ll stay close.”