Saunders and Eubank Jr to co-headline Wembley Arena on May 9
Middleweight rivals Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr will feature on the same night in separate fights as the two talented Brits edge nearer to a massive rematch later in the year.
Eubank will defend the interim WBA belt he ripped away from Dmitry Chudinov so impressively last time out at the O2 Arena in February as he takes on Australian and WBA Oceania champion Les Sherrington on the card.
A grudge match with Gary O’Sullivan was apparently offered to the Irishman, although Eubank stated at the press conference on Thursday that the now US-based fighter refused to accept the fight despite years of baiting each other.
An opponent for Saunders is yet to be named as the British, Commonwealth and European title holder returns to action for the first time since his split decision victory over Eubank in November of 2014.
That first defeat for Eubank clearly still rankles with the Brighton man as he and Saunders engaged in a war of words for the duration of the announcement – which will only have promoter Frank Warren rubbing his hands at the prospect of pitting the two together again in the future.
Saunders is lined up to face the winner of the WBO title clash between Andy Lee and Peter Quillin after his May 9 appearance, and if victorious in both contests, a two-belt rematch with Eubank will be a welcome addition to the British fight calendar – potentially around a year on from their first meeting.