By Frank Wiechula, courtesy of The Daily Star
TRIPLE title-holder Billy Joe Saunders says he will quit boxing at 25 if he is not able to beat Chris Eubank Jnr in their grudge middleweight clash on Saturday.
Saunders defends his British, Commonwealth and European crowns - the fight is also a WBO world title eliminator - against his fellow unbeaten British rival, on the Dereck Chisora/Tyson Fury bill at London's ExCeL.
"It's something I love, my job, everything. But there's no possible way he will beat me, it's not going to happen.
"This time next year I will be sitting here with a WBO world title belt."
Eubank, son of former double world champion Chris senior, is prepared to do whatever it takes to beat Saunders.
"I'm willing to die to defend my record," the 25-year-old challenger said.
"He does not have that type of resolve, he will swallow it when he feels the power. He won't go the 12 rounds, he will give up. I know I've got the punch to stop him."
But Saunders, who grew up scrapping on a site in a travelling community, hit back, saying: "I've never swallowed in my life. That is ridiculous, nothing is breaking me, especially not you."
Eubank turned up alone at the press conference, minus his famous father, explaining: "I said I would go and deal with it myself, just like I will on fight night."