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Exclusive: Saunders accuses Eubank Sr. of living off his son, reveals October / December bouts

Phil Jay 23/08/2016
Billy Joe Saunders Chris Eubank Jr.

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Middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders has responded to recent call-outs on social media from former opponent Chris Eubank Jr’s father Chris Sr.

Senior has been drumming up support for a potential rematch between his son and Saunders following the collapse of a fight with current 160 pound king Gennady Golovkin in September.

‘GGG’ opted to face Kell Brook as Eubank Sr. stalled over signing the contract and Saunders is seemingly the next target for Junior to earn himself a chance at last remaining ruler at the weight.

As Eubank added more posts to his Twitter account following a barrage on Monday, Saunders contacted WBN to give his side of how things currently stand.

“There’s no rematch currently in talks so what’s the point going on about this fight,” Saunders exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I’m looking for bigger fights where I’m going to earn potential millions of pounds. Fighting him earns money, but he’s got to earn his shot and earn his stripes and don’t keep turning down world title fights.

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“Perhaps if he wins a world title this fight could be as big as the Froch v Groves fight hopefully, one day.”

Asked about Eubank Jr’s father constantly mentioning him on social media, Saunders was clearly getting tired of hearing the constant mentions by the 1990’s icon.

“Eubank keeps saying things and putting on social media about the rematch being there to help my career but I’m middleweight champion on the world and his son’s two fights away from keeping his British title, something I won two years ago,” he pointed out.

“They’re shit-talkers and people believe their shit to sell stories. The reality is he’s not even European champion and he’s being offered million pound fights, plus turning them down.

“Other British level fighters wouldn’t turn down that sort of money because it’s life changing and he shouldn’t be doing it.

“Eubank Sr. has already cost Jr. a few million quid and if that was my dad I’d tell him to step back. My dad would never get involved in my financial business. I’ve got his support and backing but he doesn’t look to earn anything from me.

“I think Eubank Sr. looks to earn from Jr because he’s blown all his dough and that’s a fact. He’s got no money himself so he’s earning off his son.

“I think his son needs to man-up and take some decisions himself.”

Turning his attention to when he expects to return to action himself after rejecting the opportunity to fight on the Canelo v Smith bill in Texas, Saunders revealed his next fight date will be made public imminently.

“I’m out in October on a bill to be announced this week. We’ve just got to finalize and tie up this opponent. Then I’ll be out again in December,” Saunders explained.

“In December I’m looking for a big one. Hopefully, we could get Golovkin or slip in some other big names. If it’s Golovkin it will be in England but we wouldn’t mind going over to America for Canelo.

“The December one is certainly going to be a big name,” he added.