Billy Joe Saunders has accused old rival Chris Eubank Jr. of running scared following the collapse of a fight with middleweight king Gennady Golovkin.
The British fighter, who is the only other world titlist at 160 pounds, defeated Eubank Jr. on points in 2014 to place the only blemish on the current UK title holder’s record. Since then, the pair have been constantly linked to a return as there has never been any love lost between them.
Asked on Sunday about Eubank stalling on signing a contract to face Golovkin in September and eventually missing out to stablemate Kell Brook, Saunders was ruthless with his response.
“Let’s get it straight, Chris Eubank Jr. is a time waster – plain and simple. If I say I’m going to fight someone I do it,” Saunders exclusively told World Boxing News.
“He put his ass on the hedge and had the chance to fight for three world title fights and didn’t take it. That’s because he’s a coward who still sits on his dad’s knee. I bet his dad still gives him a pat to bring his wind up – he’s a no good bum!”
Saunders was linked to a fight with Golovkin himself earlier this year, although an agreement wasn’t forthcoming and certainly never came as close as Eubank Jr. was to landing a fight with the pound for pound star.
“If that was me, I’d have fought GGG as I’ll fight any man but he never sent a contract to me. It was just a case of waving some cash about, which was shocking, and never would have led to a fight between us,” Saunders pointed out.
Golovkin still wants to unify all the belts before eventually moving up to 168 pounds, meaning Saunders remains a target once the dust settles on the Brook fight and the Londoner completes future duties on the Canelo Alvarez v Liam Smith card in Las Vegas.