FOLLOWING his split decision victory over Chris Eubank Jnr at London’s ExCel Arena last night (November 29), unbeaten star Billy Joe Saunders announced that his fierce rival has to “shut his mouth up now and get back to the end of the queue.” However, he also declared that he has a grudging respect for the 25-year-old Brighton talent after the pair shared 12 tough rounds.
“It was an extremely hard fight,” Saunders, 25, said. “His legs dipped after a shot in the second round and I wobbled him, but after that I got a bit complacent at times, and it was back and forth in the second half of the fight. My jab was working perfectly, but then I started to get involved with him – slugging on the inside. It was very close. He pushed me hard, but I felt I won it.
“We all know me and him don’t like each other, but deep down I respect him as a fighter. You’ve got to have bottle to get in the ring, although I still don’t like him. Fighters like him shouldn’t be beating me. A good technical boxer will figure him out all day long. I wouldn’t say no to a rematch, that’s for sure.”