A source close to the situation has disclosed to WBN that optimism remains in place regarding a potential middleweight clash between European champion Billy Joe Saunders and talented prospect Chris Eubank Jr.
The pair of UK rivals have been at loggerheads for months now as they constantly bait each other in the media and on social networks as promoter Frank Warren desperately attempts to put the contest together.
Warren had announced that the fight would go ahead on the Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury rematch undercard on November 29 in London, only for Eubank to stall on signing the contract and delay the official announcement.
World Boxing News have now learned that talks between both sides are not completely exhausted and ‘there is still hope’ that the high-profile British battle can be salvaged for the ExCel Arena card in two months’ time.
A 5pm deadline set by Warren last week came and went before Eubank released a statement on the matter, outling that only he would stipulate when he puts pen to paper on the Saunders encounter.
Eubank Jr is now set to plough on with an appearance on the October 25 Echo Arena event topped by the Zolani Tete v Paul Butler world title fight as the 25 year-old aims to prolong his unbeaten record further.
‘Smoking’ Jez Wilson is being lined up to oppose Eubank in an eight-rounder in Liverpool on the back of suffering his second loss to former Saunders foe John Ryder at York Hall in April.