Billy Joe Saunders dismisses any chance of Chris Eubank Jr rematch

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Billy Joe Saunders believes former opponent Chris Eubank Jr has the beating of George Groves when the two meet in February, with Groves’ WBA super-middleweight belt on the line.

“I think that Eubank will beat George Groves. If he does what I think he will against Groves people will be talking. I think there is a 75 percent chance that Eubank wins,” Saunders said.

But the WBO middleweight champion isn’t worried about the prospect of facing Eubank Jr if the two are to ever meet in the ring again.

The pair faced off in a hotly contested battle just over three years ago at the ExCeL Arena in London, where Saunders emerged victorious via a split decision.

And although that loss remains the only blemish on Eubank Jr's professional career, Saunders is in little doubt of a repeat result.

“When two fighters are in the ring, you know each other and I know Eubank better than anybody,” Saunders continued.

“He knows that I have the knack to beat him no matter how many times we meet.

“In round 10 of our fight I was absolutely gone and he was supposed to be the fit one. I did not even have the energy to put my hand up yet I was the one who was still firing the punches at him.”

In fact, Saunders believes his old rival Eubank would not want to risk taking another step backwards in his career by agreeing to a rematch, having already offered him the opportunity in the past.

“Mentally he knows that I have his number,” Billy maintains. “I gave Eubank his chance to rematch three times, three times I signed a contract and sent it to him and three times he never sent it back.

“Eubank is a very, very good fighter but when a very, very good boxer with a good chin meets someone like him … it’s game over.”

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The Hertfordshire man is to fight Martin Murray in April, and is using James De Gale’s shock world-championship loss to Caleb Truax as inspiration to not take his eye off the ball.

“It could have been James DeGale that I’d be fighting next and not Martin Murray but he had a little hiccup and lost his last world title fight so it didn’t happen,” Saunders revealed.

“His loss is a bit of a lesson for me because I can’t look past Martin Murray or in 12 weeks’ time it could be me without a world title.”

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