ONCE upon a time it seemed Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jnr were destined to become long-term rivals, the kind who would go on to share two or three fights and eventually win one another’s respect.
They had one fight, of course, back in November 2014, but that, as it turned out, is as far as the rivalry has gone. Since then Saunders, the victor, has used bragging rights to poke fun at Eubank Jnr, while Eubank Jnr has used his greater profile to fire back at Saunders from time to time.
In terms of achievements, Saunders remains undefeated and has won a second WBO belt in a second weight class (super-middleweight). But, annoyingly, his career has stalled in recent times and an issue with a failed performance-enhancing drug test in 2018 has hardly helped matters.