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Saunders v Eubank Jr. rematch contact takes baby steps

Phil Jay 16/08/2016
Billy Joe Saunders Chris Eubank Jr.

📸 Frank Warren

Following the collapse of a title defence on the Canelo Alvarez v Liam Smith undercard, middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders took to social media to talk up the possibility of a rematch with Chris Eubank Jr.

As Saunders exclusively revealed to WBN last week, a fight with Gabriel Rosado held no appeal to him and the Briton decided to walk away from a US pay-per-view appearance at Cowboy’s Stadium in Texas.

The chances of a second fight with Eubank, whom Saunders defeated via split decision in November 2014, have mightily increased due to the fact that both fighters are now at something of a loose end.

Despite missing out on a lucrative clash with Gennady Golovkin next month, Eubank has the option of a mandatory British title defence against Tommy Langford which could easily be avoided should an agreement be reached between both sides.

Saunders told Eubank Sr. via social media that a return could happen if his side agreed to an 80-20 split of the purse, which is the first step towards getting the two camps around a table to discuss the finer details.

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That would leave Langford to potentially fight for the vacant Lonsdale Belt on the undercard of Saunders v Eubank II, although the sticking point would be the promotional side of any deal.

Frank Warren claimed the rights to stage Eubank v Langford by winning the recent purse bid and would certainly be seeking to stage the whole event as Saunders holds the cards as champion.

Eubank still has one fight left to run on his deal with Eddie Hearn, although may be able to work something out with the Matchroom boss in order to face Saunders on BoxNation and also fulfil his obligation to Sky in 2017.