Former WBO World Champion Steve Collins says Saunders and Eubank showdown too close to call

PUBLISHED: 10:10 14 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:10 14 November 2014

Former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion Steve Collins with son Steve Collins Jnr

Former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion Steve Collins with son Steve Collins Jnr

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Irish fight legend Steve Collins is stumped on picking a winner out of the big domestic blockbuster between Hatfield’s European, Commonwealth and British champion Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jnr later this month.

Collins, who won WBO World titles at middleweight and super-middleweight and now lives in Hertfordshire, is excited about the domestic grudge fight and is finding it too hard to call.

He said: “It’s great to witness a genuine domestic showdown between two top fighters who are both capable of beating each other.

“Both fighters are different characters, you have the brash Eubank Jnr who’s very much in the mould of his father in every way from his fighting style to his attitude and demeanour, whereas Saunders is the smiley happy character, who comes out with smart and funny comments, but has the steely determination to win.”

Collins, nicknamed The Celtic Warrior, inflicted the first loss to Eubank Snr’s record in March 1995 and followed that up six months later with another points victory, before going on to retire another British great in Nigel Benn with two back-to-back victories.

The 50-year-old reckons Saunders will have to box to win and Eubank will need the knockout.

He added: “If it goes the distance then I fancy Saunders because I firmly believe that Eubank Jnr will need the knockout to win.

“Eubank Jnr is not busy enough to beat Saunders, who’s a very busy fighter. Eubank Jnr will need to go for the KO, but Saunders is a very clever and seasoned fighter.

“Whoever is clever enough to put together the right plan and stick to it is going to win, but for Saunders he has to keep moving and rack up the points with that high work-rate and for Eubank he has to cut the ring down and turn it into a slug fest.

“Whatever happens it’s going to be exciting.”

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