Eubank Jr: I Badly Want Saunders, He Never Earned That Win

Chris Eubank Jnr has reiterated his desire to challenge Billy Joe Saunders in a rematch "as soon as possible" in order to avenge the only defeat of his professional career.

The promising middleweight won the British title in the 10th round of Saturday's bruising fight with Nick Blackwell, who was stopped because of horrific swelling over his left eye and who has since been in an induced coma having collapsed shortly afterwards.

Blackwell was found to have suffered a bleed on the brain and much of the fallout since then has understandably surrounded his condition and the support the boxing community has extended towards him.


It perhaps said much, however, regardless of his friendship with and support for Blackwell, that WBO middleweight champion Saunders was ringside on Saturday and that Eubank Jnr, as his father may once have done, made a show of gesturing towards him while the fight was taking place.

The bitter rivalry between them did not conclude with Saunders' split-decision defeat of him in November 2014 - largely because of the close nature of the fight, the loser's insistence the judges' decision was wrong and the fact both have since improved - and at a time when Saunders is pursuing a suitable challenger for a stadium fight in the summer, Eubank Jnr has spoken of his willingness to be that opponent.

"I am biting at the bit to get back into the ring with that man, especially now he has a world title," said the 26-year-old.

"Before that I just wanted my revenge, I want to put a loss on his record like he did to me, he has a win over me which I feel he does not deserve, that he did not truly earn and I want to right that wrong.

"Now that he has a world title, it brings a new layer to the situation.

"That is definitely a fight we are going to have to try and make as soon as possible, not just for my sake but the public as well.

"People are demanding this fight happens, everyone wants to see it, so I am sure we can get it done within the next six months or so.

"If you watch the (Blackwell) fight, in the middle of combinations I am actually turning round and talking to (Saunders) and Tyson Fury, I am calling him out, that is how much I want to get this guy back in the ring."

Eubank Jnr achieved something his 49-year-old father never did when winning the British title, but he insists he has no intention of allowing himself to become satisfied at doing so and that his next opponent is likely to be revealed in the coming weeks.

"This is not like 'Okay now I am British Champion I can ease off the brakes and take it easy because I've won this fight"', he said.

"No, if anything I need to work harder now because I am the British champion and I need to uphold this title and that is exactly what I'm going to do.

"Obviously my main goal is to work towards a world-title shot, but in the meantime if for whatever reason things don't happen as quickly as I want them to, which is always a possibility, if that happens then yes I will definitely defend my (British) title.

"We will know within the next weeks exactly what route we are going to take."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by emre belozoglu on 04-03-2016

first fight was very close a lot of ringside observes had it for eubank

Comment by nacho daddy on 04-03-2016

[QUOTE=MBE;16580791]There's no way Saunders will be able to stand up to the punishment for a full 12 rounds. He should face golovkin next as the eubank rematch will always be there for him.[/QUOTE] why don't eubank fight GGG? or will…

Comment by Chrismart on 04-03-2016

I disagree with Eubank; BJS did earn the win. It was a close fight, but Saunders won it with his good performance in the first half of the fight. I'd enjoy a rematch, and i think i comes around at…

Comment by gmc_rfc_06 on 04-03-2016

[QUOTE=Progrssive_Jedi;16581364]There is no reason to believe Susnders hasn't improved either. He did beat Lee after all. Eubanks win hardly compares. However, Suanders should fight GGG. Get paid. Then Eubanks to get Good boy'd too.[/QUOTE] Saunders had massive amateur background, still…

Comment by aldo5408 on 04-03-2016

[QUOTE=Progrssive_Jedi;16581364]There is no reason to believe Susnders hasn't improved either. He did beat Lee after all. Eubanks win hardly compares. However, Suanders should fight GGG. Get paid. Then Eubanks to get Good boy'd too.[/QUOTE] Why would Saunders take a pay…

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