Chris Eubank Jr will not pursue a rematch with Billy Joe Saunders

James DeGale v Chris Eubank Jr

Chris Eubank Junior will not pursue a rematch with Billy Joe Saunders following his victory over James DeGale on Saturday night. 

Eubank Jr, now 29-years-old, has always had to carry a lot of pressure on his shoulders due to comparisons with his father.

The super-middleweight was defeated by George Groves 12 months ago and Saturday night’s fight was a chance for Eubank Jr to show his ability and prove he can be considered one of the best.

He did just that, outclassing DeGale and winning by unanimous decision after 12 rounds. 

After the fight, Eubank Jr dismissed speculation of a rematch with former rival Billy Joe Saunders, after the latter tweeted his desires to share the ring once again.

The pair fought in November 2014 and the then 25-year-old Saunders won on a split decision, retaining his British, European and Commonwealth titles.

The victory gave Saunders a 21-0 record and was Eubank Jr’s first defeat in 19 professional fights, putting an end to his perfect record. 

Following last night’s victory over DeGale, Eubank Jr was quick to rule out a rematch with Saunders, who is moving up to the super-middleweight division and could therefore fight Eubank in the same weight class.

However, it seems like Eubank Jr has no intention of squaring off against Saunders.

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He told talkSPORT: “He’s a drug cheat, so I’m not looking at him first and foremost. I don’t think he deserves it.

“There are other great names out there, in the middleweight division also.

“So whatever Al Haymon, PBC or ITV Box Office want me to do, I’m going to do. There are some big names out there and I’m ready.

“There is nobody that I wouldn’t fight, I’m here to collect the belts and become world champion in either division. So, whatever is put in front of me, I’m going to take.”

James DeGale v Chris Eubank Jr

The comments regarding Saunders being a ‘drug cheat’ are due to him being refused a licence by the Massachusetts commission for his bout with Demetrius Andrade, which should have been a mandatory defence of his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) world middleweight title.

He vacated the title in October 2018.

Saunders himself appeared to want the rematch with Eubank Jr, quickly heading to Twitter after Saturday’s fight.

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