Chris Eubank Jr responds after no-show in Saunders press conference

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Chris Eubank Jr has publicly responded after his no-show at Monday's press conference, which was to promote his WBO middleweight title eliminator fight with Billy Joe Saunders.

The pair go head-to-head on November 29 at the Excel Arena in London and the bout will be an undercard for Dereck Chisora's fight with Tyson Fury. Eubank Jr - son of the legendary middleweight boxer Chris Eubank - failed to turn up to the media conference but insists it is Saunders who is the unprofessional one.

Saunders being unprofessional?

BBC Sport have relayed quotes from the 25-year-old taken from when he was speaking to BT Sport's 'Boxing Tonight' programme, where he said: "I respect the business of boxing so much which is why I didn't come to the press conference because Billy Joe Saunders is unprofessional about things he might do and say.

"That brings a bad light on British boxing and we need to stay away from things like that.

"My job is to get in the ring, beat him and take the belts."

"My job is to get in the ring, beat him and take the belts"


Saunders was in the studio during the call and the whole interview with both fighters can be seen tonight on BT Sport 1 at 10.15pm.

Bad blood

The fighters will get the chance to sort out their differences in the ring having conjured up somewhat of a rivalry over the past few years, with insults thrown across both camps.

Both contestants remain unbeaten; Eubank's son. - who has been training alongside Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas - has won all 18 of his fights, knocking out 12 of his opponents including the last nine.

Meanwhile Saunders, also 25, is looking to improve his own record to 21-0. The Hertfordshire-born southpaw will be defending his European title for the first time after taking it from Italian boxer Emanuele Blandmura in July.

Warren angry

Promotor of the fight, Frank Warren, was left red-faced and apologised for Eubank Jr.'s absence ahead of the rival bout, but believes someone else should be issuing an apology as well.

"I can't tell you how angry it makes me. I'm apologising but I feel the ones apologising should be Chris Eubank Sr, " said Warren.

"He agreed to come here and in the last day or so we've had a situation where they will only show up - and I have the text message here - if a £50,000 bond was put into an escrow, as he doesn't trust Bill not to put his hands on Junior."

Warren then read out Eubank's text message, saying: "'He (Saunders) is on video saying he will slap him (Eubank Jr.). I will take him at his word. If he has that money to lose he will think twice about carrying out the threat.

"I've not had anything like that happen at any of my press conferences," added Warren.

"We offered to have four security men here or put a fence down the middle."

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