Billy Joe Saunders preparing for Eubank Jnr like Nigel Benn in his heyday according to trainer Tibbs

PUBLISHED: 14:21 29 October 2014 | UPDATED: 14:37 29 October 2014

Billy Joe Saunders

Billy Joe Saunders


Boxing trainer Jimmy Tibbs says that his charge Billy Joe Saunders' training at a foreign camp for the big showdown with rival Chris Eubank Jnr brings back memories of Nigel Benn's epic win over Mauro Galvano.

The legendary East End trainer took British boxing great Benn to a Tenerife training camp for his WBC World Super-Middleweight title challenge against Italian Galvano in 1992, the results showed with Benn pulling off a memorable victory in Rome, stopping Galvano in four rounds.

Tibbs has taken Hatfield’s British, Commonwealth and European middleweight champion Saunders to the MGM Gym in Marbella and is getting the same good vibes from the camp that he did over 20 years ago with Benn.

The 67-year-old, who has trained a who’s who of British boxing, is confident Saunders will be the first to beat Eubank Jnr. on Saturday, November 29 at the ExCeL London, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

“Nigel Benn was a great example of taking a fighter away to foreign training camp, preparing right, and preparing to win,” said Tibbs.

“With Nigel for the Galvano fight, we went to Tenerife a good eight weeks before and lived and breathed the fight and the results showed.

“At the time I was still young and it was a fantastic experience for me, it was a good camp, everything was there for us, the facilities, the sparring, everything was done right and Nigel did the business in the ring and won the WBC World title in Galvano’s back yard, that ranks as one of my highlights in the sport.

“I didn’t think I’d be in that same position again, but for this big fight with Billy Joe we’ve taken him away to the MGM Gym in Marbella and I can’t explain how well things have gone, I feel just like I did with Benn in Tenerife.

“They have gone above and beyond to accommodate us and the facilities here are second to none.

“It’s added another 100 percent to Billy’s preparations and I can’t fault how he’s gone about this fight with his mental and physical preparations.

“He’s trained ‘proper’, Billy knows what he needs to do in the ring, Chris is a good fighter and we’re certainly not underestimating him, but I believe in Billy Joe and everything we are doing here is right so it will show on the night.”

The Bad Blood show at the ExCeL London on Saturday, November 29, features the biggest fight card of the year with a staggering seven big title fights.

The European, Vacant British and Eliminator for the WBO World Heavyweight Championship: Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury

The British, Commonwealth and European Middleweight Championships: Billy Joe Saunders v Chris Eubank Jnr.

The British and Vacant Commonwealth Welterweight Championships: Frankie Gavin v Bradley Skeete

The British and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight Championships: Liam Walsh v Gary Sykes

The Vacant WBO European Super-Middleweight Championship: Frank Buglioni v Andrew Robinson

The Vacant WBO European Super-Featherweight Championship: Mitchell Smith v Zoltan Kovacs

The WBA International Super-Bantamweight Championship: Lewis Pettitt v Santiago Allione

Plus an action action card featuring top talents: Ahmet Patterson, Romeo Romaeo, Hughie Lewis Fury, Georgie Kean, Steve Collins Jnr and Macaulay McGowan.

Tickets, priced at £50, £100, £200 and £300, are available on the Eventim Ticket Hotline on 0844 249 1000 or

BoxNation will televise live and excluslive on Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 525. Join at Or watch online at and via iPhone, iPad or Android.

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