By Terence Dooley
Billy Joe Saunders arrived at the “Bad Blood” press conference in a tough talking, belligerent mood Thursday in London. The middleweight was angered after discovering that Chris Eubank Jr., his mooted opponent for the November 29th show at London’s ExCel Arena, had failed to show up.
It was also revealed that Eubank Jr. (17-0, 12KOs) has yet to
sign on the dotted line, leaving their proposed EBU Super middleweight title
fight up in the air until later this evening.
The show is topped
by Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title eliminator against Dereck Chisora.
Promoter Frank Warren revealed that Eubank has until 5pm tonight to sign his part of the deal or risk losing out on the all-British grudge clash that the contender has repeatedly called for in recent months. Saunders, though, was bullish when confronted with the news.
“He's got until
(20-0, 11KOs) insisted of his in-country rival, echoing his long-time
Saunders pledged to beat Eubank Jr. “for the fans.” He believes that the son of former two-time WBO titlist Chris Eubank has divided boxing opinion in much the same way his famous father did during his prime years.
“I want to shut him up,” Saunders claimed before vowing to
walk away from the sport if he fails to beat Eubank.
His promoter hopes it doesn’t come to that, but is already making contingency plans.
tonight we will
announce what we are doing,” reiterated Warren. “Billy Joe will be in a tough
fight and we are looking at a world title shot. It's a cracking show—hopefully
we can get this done.”
Saunders, 25, fired off a final warning for Eubank; the British, Commonwealth and EBU champion told the 25-year-old to either step up to the title level or “carry on beating up journeymen.”
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