Promoter Frank Warren has announced that Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr will face of in the biggest British boxing grudge match for some years, according to ESPN.
It is no secret that the two middleweight fighters do not like each other and Warren has taken action to make the fight happen.
The bout will take place on Saturday 29 November, with night being billed ‘Bad Blood’. The main event seeing Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora face off in their long awaited rematch.
Eubank vs Saunders
Both fighters have traded insults over the past years as they have advanced through their careers. Saunders, who has been in eight title fights at the age of 25, has claimed he is fighting Eubank Jr because he dislikes him and believes the son of a former boxing legend is all hype and disrespectful to all boxers.
Chris, who only boasts 17 professional fights, many of them mismatches, and has knocked out 12 of his opponents, claimed he had no idea who the European champion, from Hertfordshire, is, despite being number one in the division behind the world champion.
When the question was put to Eubanks ‘are you ready to face Saunders?’ his response was something from the book of Eubanks Sr, saying: "The truth is that Billy Joe is not ready for me.”
Eubank vs Benn
It is a classic throwback to the era of Chris’s father. Eubank Sr faced off against Nigel Benn in November 1990, in what is still one of the best boxing matches in British history.
Benn entered the ring as the WBO middleweight champion, a hard hitter and tough fighter, much like Billy Joe, who in his 20 fights has won 11 by knock out and handed first defeats to his last three opponents.
The challenger that night in Birmingham was a 24-year-old Eubank Sr, relatively inexperienced, but unbeaten in 24 fights.
Many people were scared for Eubank, as they believed he was not ready for a fight of such calibre, but the rest is history as Benn was stopped in the ninth round of a highly brutal fight.
The two fighters had a high dislike for each other and it culminated in a scrap for the ages as both men went toe-to-toe in an effort to put the other on the canvas.
Watch Eubank Sr. vs Benn highlights below...
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If the scheduled fight in November is even half as good we are in for a classic, and the early signs are promising as both fighters continue to trash talk one another. One thing Saunders can’t do, as champion, is underestimate his more inexperienced opponent, like Benn.
Frank Warren is obviously excited, he told the BBC: "They're both undefeated and there's a bit of bad blood between them so it will be a cracking fight."
I share his enthusiasm for the match-up and it is sure to be a fight full of fast paced, hard hitting action. The countdown to the first bell begins now.
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