Chris Eubank Jr ready to fight “rat” Billy Joe Saunders as rivalry reignites

Chris Eubank Jr has admitted he is ready to rematch Billy Joe Saunders despite labelling his domestic rival a “rat”.

The pair met in a huge showdown back in 2014, with Eubank Jr narrowly being defeated to his rival on a split-decision in a real back-and-forth scrap between the pair at middleweight.

And animosity has continued between the pair ever since that fight, as they exchanged words on social media after Saunders’ defeat to Canelo Alvarez.

But the 31-year-old has now admitted that he would say “yes” to a rematch with Saunders, despite previously rejecting claims that he could rekindle their rivalry.

“That’s the exciting thing about my position now, there is so many shots and plenty of routes to a world title,” Eubank Jr said at the Wasserman launch day.

Eubank Jr spoke ahead of his ring return against Sven Elbir
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“Saunders that rat is still calling my name even though he has no credibility left in the sport and no belt, but is that a fight I would take yes, there is a lot of history there and we have a score to settle.

“So the possibilities are endless, it is up to the Sauerland’s to get me in the ring with these guys and I can do the rest.”

Saunders has since started a back-and-forth with Eubank Jr on social media, as he plots his next move after a devastating injury suffered during defeat to Alvarez.

And the former world champion has previously vowed that it would take an offer of “£5 million” for him to take the fight, but has admitted he could now retire.

“Obviously the fans have been good to me, they’ve supported me along the way,” Saunders told talkSPORT.

“I know it is a fan’s fight really, it’s not really a fight where I would look or need to take, I’m financially secure, done it all, ticked all the boxes from Southern Area to two-weight world champion.

“So it’s a fight that would interest me if the money was right and I would do it more for the fans than anything.

“I’ve got kids now and I’ve secured their future, but put them on a path and give them a bit of time rather than gloves and a ring.”

The fight between the pair is largely considered one of the must-see domestic showdowns to happen in the UK, along with the likes of Amir Khan taking on Kell Brook and an undisputed clash between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

But Euabnk’s promoter Kalle Sauerland has admitted that there is also other big options for Eubank to pursue, but he must first focus on Sven Elbir.

“You know he has shown in the past that he has had some absolute wars at middleweight,” Sauerland added at the media day. “So stylistically I don’t think there is a bad fight to make.

“I personally like the option of Demetrius Andrade, I think that would be a great fight. Then domestically you have Liam Williams and of course Saunders, but you talk about world titles and they are so important so there could be other options that are being sorted out now.

“But domestically you don’t need world titles for certain fights, and the heart of the sport is the entertainment business and we now have a great platform in Sky Sports to get these calibre of fights on.”

Chris Eubank Jr continues his road to major world title contention against German standout Sven Elbir on October 2 at The SSE Arena, Wembley, live and exclusive on Sky Sports. Tickets available via www.AXS.com

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