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Saunders, Eubank Jr. reignite beef after two-year fight anniversary

Phil Jay 30/11/2016
Billy Joe Saunders Chris Eubank Jr.

📸 Frank Warren

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders couldn’t resist a dig a Chris Eubank Jr. two years on from their clash at London’s ExCel Arena.

Saunders won a tight split decision verdict on the night as both fighters put up their undefeated records, something Eubank Jr. hasn’t since been able to live down.

Constant rumours of a rematch have followed the pair around, although Saunders won the world title since then as Eubank claimed a separate interim version.

Returning to action this weekend, Saunders battles Artur Akavov in Paisley, Scotland after paperwork delayed a higher-profile outing in Cardiff last weekend.

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Eubank last fought when defending his British title against Tom Doran in June but has since vacated the Lonsdale Belt and is currently in limbo awaiting news of a next outing.

Frank Warren has made no secret of his desire to see Saunders fight his arch-rival again, whilst Eubank’s recent actions in failing to sign for a fight with Gennady Golovkin have strained relationships with all UK promoters.

Eubank could be set for a return to America once his one-fight deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing is either completed or nullified, which could mean any future return with Saunders becomes even more difficult to make.

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