Chris Eubank Jr has insisted he will not be pressured into signing a contract to fight Billy Joe Saunders later this year.
A showdown between the two unbeaten British fighters had been pencilled in for Bad Blood, the rematch of Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury, at the Excel Arena, London for the end of November.
Promoter Frank Warren had already arranged a press conference yesterday to announce the grudge match, however Eubanks Jr did not show up as he insisted he will not be rushed into signing a deal.
A deadline of Thursday at 5pm was set for the 25-year-old to sign up, however Eubank, who has 12 knockouts in his 17 wins, is still holding out on the contract.
The middleweight fighter tweeted: “Frank Warren has tried to force me into signing a contract without my lawyers being able to look at it entirely & agree on it.
“He scheduled a press conference b4 the contract was even looked at properly to try & rush us into signing & agreeing on terms we don't want.
“There's no deadline or rushing when it comes to my career. I'll sign once my management team has gone through & ok'd the contract completely.”
It looked as though Eubank, son of boxing legend Eubank Snr, was going to settle his grudge with British, European and Commonwealth champion Saunders.
However the 2008 Olympian may be forced to travel another avenue as he continues his rise up the Middleweight ranks.
Saunders frustrated with waiting game
It is no secret that Saunders and Eubanks Jr are not fond of each other. They have traded insults in the past and the idea of a bout between the two had British boxing fans purring with excitement.
But it seems Saunders, who has won 11 of his 20 fights by knockout, will now look for a new opponent as he becomes frustrated with the waiting game.
Saunders, who issued Eubanks with the ultimatum at Thursday's press conference, said: "He’s had the contract since the first week in September, I’m the champion here and the only reason he’s got a shot here and a chance is because of his big mouth and everybody wants to see him get knocked out, and that’s what I will do to him.
"I’ve booked flights to go away, I’m going away on a training camp, spending a lot of money to bring people in, nutritionists, everything I need to prepare 100 per cent for this fight, and you’ve got him keeping messing around with contracts, changing money, changing loads of stuff.
"He’s had loads of time for it, the way I look at it I’m going to move on after today; if he’s not willing today to sign the contract, by 5pm tonight, I’m going to move on to something different.
"I haven’t got time to be waiting around for bums, that’s all he is. He hasn’t boxed anybody yet he still talks like he’s a world champion."
"He hasn’t got a name, he hasn’t got a belt, he hasn’t done a 10-rounder, he refused a British eliminator, and now he’s had his chance to fight me and he’s ducking and diving."