Boxing - BBBoC orders new purse bids for Saunders v Ryder due to 'incorrect paperwork'

The British Boxing Board of Control has re-ordered purse bids for the British middleweight title contest between champion Billy Joe Saunders (17-0) and John Ryder (14-0), after a complaint was made about 'incorrect paperwork' in the winning bid, according to sources on Twitter.


The BBBoC ordered the original purse bid back in April, won by Ryder's promoter Matchroom Boxing on May 8, with the contest to be staged by the end of July.

Although the Board had accepted the bid and had sent written confirmation of this to Matchroom, according to sources on Twitter, the 'Purse Split' section of the form was incomplete, leading to a complaint.

It is unclear where the complaint came from at the time of writing, although there is plenty of speculation on Twitter.

A statement posted on the BBBoC website today reads:

"The Stewards decided to put out the above mandatory defence contest for short term purse bids to be submitted in accordance with the Terms and Conditions attached to the Board’s Head Office by 12.00 noon on Wednesday, 22nd May 2013, the contest to take place by the end of September 2013."

Boxing broadcaster/raconteur Steve Bunce, employed by various media outlets including subscription television channel Boxnation (part owned by Saunders' promoter Frank Warren) was quick to take to Twitter to point out that it could mean more money for the fighters.

Bunce tweeted (@bigdaddybunce): "As far as I'm concerned Saunders and Ryder are going to get more money. Frank and Eddie have a week to play poker with their bids. Coolio"

Exchanges between Bunce, promoter Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) and various boxing pundits/fans make for an entertaining read on Twitter, but the bottom line is that, at best, the news stalls the careers of both fighters and delays their earnings. At worst, it could jeopordise the fight's chances of happening at all.

British boxing purists have been optimistic about this matchup taking place for some time. These days, it's a rare treat to see two young, unbeaten fighters contest the British belt, and many believe Saunders v Ryder to be a true 50/50 contest.

British and Commonwealth champion Billy Joe Saunders posted on Twitter (@bjsaunders_):

"People I'm happy to fight any wear any place it's about the 2 fighters and we both want the fight so let's fight ASAP"

Let's hope it turns out like when James DeGale fought George Groves, rather than when Darren Barker didn't fight Matthew Macklin.

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