Middleweight champion and former Chris Eubank Jr. conqueror Billy Joe Saunders was, like most us, in disbelief as his ex-foe called out heavyweight Tony Bellew on social media.
Eubank was responding to derogatory comments made by Bellew in regards to the Brighton man’s recent IBO super-middleweight title win, leading to an eye-popping offer being made for a catch-weight contest.
As most took the Twitter spat as a joke, Eubank’s father Chris Sr. actually contacted Eddie Hearn about the possibility of his son facing Bellew, which Saunders believes shows a complete lack of respect for the sport.
“It shows again that the Eubank’s are a load of clowns who think that boxing is a game,” Saunders exclusively told World Boxing News.
“This is how stupid they are to put their name to a middleweight or super-middleweight to fighting a heavyweight.
“It’s like me wanting to fight Tyson Fury or Wladimir Klitschko. It’s just a load of bo****ks!
“I like to call them imbeciles, the Eubank’s. They are just a pair of imbeciles and this proves it,” he added.
World middleweight title holder Saunders is himself eyeing a massive undisputed unification with four-belt king Gennady Golovkin on June 10 in Kazakhstan and recently spoke to WBN in a bid to get negotiations for the contest moved on quickly.
“I’m just waiting on the contracts being sent. I need to know soon because I need to move my own career on,” Saunders explained.
“Obviously, I would love a dream unification fight and I’m willing to travel to Kazakhstan. Willing to fight in his backyard and give him everything his own way. I just want to know as we are ten weeks out, will he fight or will he not?
“There’s plenty of big fights out there for me and I need to focus on my own career. I know fans want to see this fight, but if it’s going to happen it’s got to happen now.
“I fight better when I’m away from home and I fight better when I’m under pressure with a better opponent. Half of what I’ve got inside me hasn’t come out yet and that may be for a reason.
“Golovkin has been calling me out before and he keeps saying UK fighters have lost their pens, but I am literally pounding at his door for him to sign the fight and get the date announced.
“I reckon it’s a good fight for the fans. Golovkin has mentioned my name a few times in the build-up and after the Jacobs fight, which was close but I think he just edged it.
“A lot of people will look at his last performance and say he’s getting old but that’s a load of bo*****s. He’s a great fighter, he’s proved he is. I know can’t look at that fight and take any faults from it.
“Before he even fought Jacobs I wanted it and it was on. I know in my heart I have what it takes to beat him. I’ve got a gameplan that can unravel him and I’d love for him to give me that chance.
“I’m willing to fight now. I’m in training camp and I’m training for a fight, even if it’s not him it will definitely be somebody – but I’d love it to be him.
“I’m happy with the money. I’ve agreed everything he’s asked for and I haven’t asked for nothing. I just told them what money I wanted and that was it. I got what I wanted and that was it.
“I willing to go away and travel. I’m just ready to fight – whatever Golovkin wants.
“Let’s not forget that it’s not just him bringing the big attraction to this. I’ve got the other belt, the final piece of the puzzle and I’m willing to bring that to the table.
“If he wants it, I’m very, very game,” he added.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay