• Billy Joe Saunders believes Andy Lee’s losses will effect his confidence
  • Saunders is undefeated going into bout with the Irish world champion
  • And 26-year-old Brit believes his 22-0 record gives him a mental edge
  • Saunders and Lee fight for WBO middleweight world title on Saturday 

Rory Brigstock-barron For Mailonline

Billy Joe Saunders has lauded his undefeated record over WBO middleweight world champion Andy Lee ahead of their upcoming title fight.

The Hatfield middleweight will be gunning for Lee’s world belt in Manchester on Saturday and says he will have the mental edge when the pair finally clash.

Saunders, 26, was in relaxed mood as he worked out for the media earlier on Monday and attributes his confidence to the fact he is yet to lose.

Billy Joe Saunders looks relaxed at a media workout ahead of his world title fight with Andy Lee

Billy Joe Saunders looks relaxed at a media workout ahead of his world title fight with Andy Lee

Saunders believes his undefeated 22-0 record will give him a mental edge over WBO champion Lee

Saunders believes his undefeated 22-0 record will give him a mental edge over WBO champion Lee

Saunders said he thinks Lee's two career losses will have damaged him mentally

Saunders said he thinks Lee’s two career losses will have damaged him mentally

‘I believe I have the advantage going into this fight knowing that I’ve never been beaten before,’ said Saunders.

‘It definitely gives you confidence knowing that you have overcome everyone you’ve ever faced and I think it does have an affect on you when you lose.

‘Some fighters say that losing doesn’t play a part but it has to because you go into a fight weaker mentally and sometimes physically.

‘Lee has lost before and I’m going to use that to my advantage. I think he’s a very good fighter but I’m younger and fresher and know I have the skills to beat him,’ he said.

Some believe Saunders is the better pure boxer out of the two with Lee carrying the power, but the Commonwealth champion is unconcerned about the Limerick man’s renowned knockout prowess.

‘His power doesn’t concern me,’ said Saunders. ‘I know he has a big reputation for knocking guys out but I’m not going to be one of them.

Lee (pictured at a press conference in October) will dangerous but Saunders is not concerned by his power

Lee (pictured at a press conference in October) will dangerous but Saunders is not concerned by his power

Saunders said Lee is a good fighter but believes his youthfulness and freshness will see him win

Saunders said Lee is a good fighter but believes his youthfulness and freshness will see him win

Saunders said that Lee should worry about the knockout as he has been working on his punching power

Saunders said that Lee should worry about the knockout as he has been working on his punching power

‘In fact, I think he has to be concerned about my punching power because it’s something that we’ve been working on.

‘This fight is going to be very fan-friendly because of our two styles and it’s going to be electric when we get into the ring.’

With a record of 22-0, with 12 KO’s, Saunders turned professional at 18 after qualifying for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

He now stands on the cusp of achieving a childhood dream of becoming world champion and is adamant he will not fall at the final hurdle at Saturday’s showdown live on BoxNation.

Saunders and Lee face off in Manchester on Saturday night live on BoxNation

Saunders and Lee face off in Manchester on Saturday night live on BoxNation

‘I’ve worked too hard and too long for this to let it slip me by. I’m ready for whatever is thrown at me on Saturday and will go through anything and everything to become champion,’ said Saunders.

‘My camp for this fight has been one of the best and most disciplined of my career and my only focus has been on getting my hand raised at the end of the fight – that’s all I’ve been picturing.

‘Winning a world title is never easy so I’ve sacrificed everything to get into the shape I am today and come fight night you’re going to see why I’m one of the best middleweights in the world,’ he said.

Tickets are still available for Lee vs Saunders prices are available from frankwarren.com, ticketmaster.co.uk, eventim.co.uk and manchester-arena.co.uk or watch exclusively live on BoxNation

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