By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
CHRIS EUBANK JR hopes Billy Joe Saunders remains undefeated – until they meet again.
WBO middleweight champion Saunders beat rival Eubank Jr on a split decision in 2014.
Tomorrow night Eubank Jr, the son of the two-weight world champion Chris Senior, takes on Nick Blackwell for the British title at Wembley Arena.
But despite turning down an offer for a rematch this summer, he is still desperate to avenge the only defeat in his 22-fight career.
Saunders makes the first defence of his WBO crown he won against Andy Lee in December against unknown Max Bursak on April 30 and Brighton-based Eubank Jr is willing him to win.
He said: “He is betting safe. It is his first world title defence and he obviously doesn’t want to get in deep.
“The guy he is fighting is not a name and neither is Saunders to be honest.
“He is not an exciting fighter, the reason that our fight was so big was because of me and the things he said, not because he is an exciting fighter.
“He is taking a safe fight but I don’t care who he fights, all I care about that he is undefeated when I fight him again.
“I want to be the first man to beat him. He did it to me.
“I’m not going to say he took my unbeaten record, he was given it so I want to return the favour. I want to be the man to put the first loss on his record.”
Eubank Jr is so confident of beating Blackwell he has offered his opponent his purse if he fails and defended his decision to fight for a British title and turn down a shot at WBA champion Daniel Jacobs.
He said: “I’m a patriot. I love my country and have always said I want to be British champion.”