After recently writing about how the British boxing fans could be treated to some all domestic super fights between fighters in the super middleweight and super bantamweight divisions, the announcement of Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr came from the left field.
Certainly in America young fighters in their prime never seem to face each other anymore. Sure the best fighters will all appear on the same fight cards but they will not compete against each other. They will be served a succulent lamb to slaughter, before rehashing the same old tired rhetoric in their post fight interview that just want to ‘give the fans what they want’. I call it the ‘Floyd Mayweather fallacy’. Just pay lip service to the fans while emptying our pockets to fill their own.
I’m not complaining about it, just simply stating facts. This is why it so refreshing to see two young British boxers who are prepared to put it all on line in order to build a legacy. Contrary to popular belief, an undefeated record is not the Holy Grail. Reputations are built by the quality of opponent on a fighter's resume, not just by the quantity of wins on their record.
Domestic dust-up to savour on November 29th
No matter who will emerge victorious from Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr, both will get huge respect from the boxing public for putting their undefeated records at risk.
It would be easy for all concerned to steer Saunders and Eubank Jnr away from each other and let the fight ‘marinade’ for a while longer. That is why the team Eubank and camp Saunders deserve tremendous credit for encouraging a head on collision between the two at such an early stage of their careers.
It is already well publicised that both men have a blatant disregard for each other on a personal level and they seem to views each other’s boxing ability with contempt as well.
The caustic atmosphere between the two will make for a cracking contest. Although Billy Joe Saunders has fought a better caliber opponent to date, Eubank Jnr will be confident he will bring home the bacon in his 1st big fight.
Bitter feud will soon be settled
The bitterness that has been simmering for sometime between the two will intensify further in the build-up, and it will come to boil on fight night. Both men will be dying to settle their differences in a good old fashioned tear up.
That is what boxing should be all about: two evenly matched fighters who are coming to win. Aside from the bad blood between Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jnr, it is so easy to be excited by this fight because both are extremely talented technicians who will not even entertain the thought of defeat. Forget the disgraceful diet of mismatches that the fans are force fed in America, the British will fans will be treated to some fine dining on November 29th.
The stakes also couldn’t be higher as the winner will be a dead cert for a crack at one of the middleweight world titles in 2015- there really is no bigger incentive for both men.
At this moment in time, I don’t know who I will bet my money on but I have no doubt that it will be a barn-burner and possibly a late contender for ‘Fight of the Year’ in Britain.