Exclusive: Saunders advises Eubank Jr. how to earn the rematch

Phil Jay 24/08/2016

Billy Joe Saunders believes Chris Eubank Jr. needs to stop hiding behind his British title and accept fights against some of the bigger names in the division.

Saunders, one of only two current world middleweight champions alongside Gennady Golovkin, ruled out a rematch with Eubank in an interview with WBN this week due to his arch-rival’s refusal to move on from domestic level.

Eubank recently defeated Nick Blackwell and Tom Doran with the Lonsdale belt on the line and is due to a mandatory defence against Tommy Langford later this year. Despite already having the Langford fight lined up, Eubank’s father Chris Sr. continues to call Saunders out on social media.

The only way a second fight between the two can happen, following a split decision victory by Saunders in November 2014, is for Eubank to face some world-rated opponents – according to the talented southpaw.

“The bottom line is I’ve beaten Eubank Jr. and moved on,” Saunders exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I’d offer him the chance at 80-20 split and I’ll sign to fight him in December, but at the end of the day I’m looking for a big fight with Canelo or Golovkin and I want that to happen.

“Either way, in December I want to be in with an elite name and I genuinely don’t think that Eubank Jr. is an elite name.

“Eubank should want to fight someone with a credible name or win a belt in October to earn himself a shot as he’s not even European champion and he’s been offered £900,000 only to decline it.

“Then he turned down a couple of million to fight Golovkin so he doesn’t want to fight, he just likes to talk above everybody. He’s two fights away from defending his British title and that’s certainly not going to win him any world titles.

“If I was him I’d vacant the belt, fight someone with a name in October and then he might get the chance. But if your defending a British title and learning something coming through then that’s good, but when he’s supposedly world-class he needs to move on to bigger things.

“But I know and he knows that he’s not good enough to move on though and reach the level I’m at,” he added.

The winner of the September 17 clash between Canelo Alvarez and Liam Smith remains the number one option available to Saunders for the end of 2016, although Golovkin is known to be keen on challenging for the only belt left open to him.

It could come down to a bidding war between Canelo and Golovkin to eventually get the chance to face Saunders, whilst Eubank Jr. faces being left out in the cold once again should he decide to continue his reign as UK belt holder.