• September 17, 2021

Exclusive: Billy Joe Saunders would fight Chris Eubank Jr ‘for the right money’ – but considering retirement after Canelo Alvarez loss where he suffered brutal eye injury

 Exclusive: Billy Joe Saunders would fight Chris Eubank Jr ‘for the right money’ – but considering retirement after Canelo Alvarez loss where he suffered brutal eye injury


Billy Joe Saunders admits he is considering retiring from boxing and would only fight Chris Eubank Jr if ‘the money was right’.

The former two-weight world champion lost his WBO super-middleweight title to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May when he sustained a fractured orbital bone.

Saunders is considering retirement and would need to be heavily reimbursed to fight again

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Saunders is considering retirement and would need to be heavily reimbursed to fight again

Canelo fractured Saunders’ eye socket with a right uppercut and he did not emerge for round nine

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Canelo fractured Saunders’ eye socket with a right uppercut and he did not emerge for round nine

At the age of 32 and having accomplished everything he wanted to and more in the sport, the injury has afforded Saunders the chance to reflect on his career and everything he has achieved.

Although a fight against former middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin never materialised, the Brit still amassed an impressive 30-1 record across two weight categories.

There is no shame in losing to pound-for-pound superstar Canelo, with few available fights as enticing or as lucrative to Saunders as the mercurial Mexican was.

Ever since their first meeting in 2014, a rematch with Eubank Jr has been touted.

Yet it is a fight which may never materialise as Saunders ponders hanging up his gloves for one final time after a successful career in the spotlight, which began in 2008 following his stint at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

The 32-year-old cruised to a decision win at the ExCel when he fought Eubank Jr in 2014

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The 32-year-old cruised to a decision win at the ExCel when he fought Eubank Jr in 2014

The former IBO super-middleweight champion last fought in May

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The former IBO super-middleweight champion last fought in May

And the former Team GB member admitted promoter Eddie Hearn would have to generate a generous financial package to make it happen given their respective standings in the sport.

“Obviously the fans have been good to me, they’ve supported me along the way,” he told Jim White.

“I know it is a fan’s fight really, it’s not really a fight where I would look or need to take.

“I’m financially secure, done it all, ticked all the boxes from Southern Area to two-weight world champion.

“So it’a fight that would interest me if the money was right and I would do it more for the fans than anything.

“I’ve got kids now and I’ve secured their future, but put them on a path and give them a bit of time rather than gloves and a ring.”

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Eubank held the IBO super-middleweight championship twice between 2016 and 2019, but has just one statement win from his career having fallen short against the likes of Saunders and George Groves.

An ageing James DeGale went the distance in their grudge match in 2019, before Matt Korobov retired hurt later in the same year and his desire to fight Saunders and gain revenge has never diminished.

Saunders was part of the Team GB team that went to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics

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Saunders was part of the Team GB team that went to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics

Beating Andy Lee for the middleweight title in 2015 was a huge milestone

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Beating Andy Lee for the middleweight title in 2015 was a huge milestone

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