Exclusive: Saunders hopes Abraham KO’s Eubank Jr. but believes rematch will 100% happen

Joe Hewlett 05/07/2017

ITV Box-Office will be airing their second offering of the 2017-launched channel when Chris Eubank Jr takes on Arthur Abraham.

The pair will go toe-to-toe with each other on July 15 at Wembley Arena with the IBO mantel piece on the line.

Long-term foe Billy Joe Saunders, the only man to defeat Eubank, has backed Jr to win convincingly.

“He’s fighting a 38, 39-year-old man who’s left it all down at middleweight, he should never have left Germany and moved up as there’s no money. He’s just coming here for a one punch saloon or a small pay day, he’s most definitely finished. But I hope he (Eubank) gets knocked out,” Saunders exclusively told World Boxing News.

“No listen, I do hope Eubank does win as it’s a big fight for both of us (after that).

“It’s one of those things, me and Eubank will 100% happen again, even though we both don’t like each other, we are both in the same sport for the same thing and it’s gonna happen again but all in good time.”

The WBO holder is in trim shape as he prepares to defend his belt in the autumn. In recent times, Saunders has admitted to issues to making the 160lb limit.

He could very well be open to moving up to super-middleweight but has unfinished business at middleweight to take care of first.

“At the minute, I have a lot to deal with at my weight and once I have, hopefully I will move up one day.”

A rematch has often been speculated upon but a deal between both sides has collapsed on numerous occasions.

Saunders emerged victorious in their grudge match back in 2014, winning via a split decision to inflict a first defeat to Eubank’s record.

Meanwhile, Saunders has a matter with the British Boxing Board of Control to deal with following some comments on social media that caused something of a stir this week.

A Board statement said: The British Boxing Board of Control are aware of comments made by professional boxer Billy Joe Saunders on social media and will consider the matter at their next Board meeting.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95