Hatfield fighter Billy Joe Saunders claims he will “retire” if he relinquishes his British, European and Commonwealth belts to Chris Eubank Jnr. in Saturday’s Excel Arena clash

PUBLISHED: 14:21 24 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:19 24 November 2014

Billy Joe Saunders, Frank Warren and Chris Eubank Jnr

Billy Joe Saunders, Frank Warren and Chris Eubank Jnr

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The stakes were ramped up to the maximum going into Saturday’s middleweight title showdown at the Excel Arena, London as Hatfield’s Billy Joe Saunders claimed he would “retire” if he were to lose to Chris Eubank Jnr.

In a much-anticipated meeting between the unbeaten pair on Monday, both men spoke highly of their chances, with Eubank Jnr insisting he was “willing to die in the ring”, in retort to Saunders’ bold statements.

Just five days from Saunders’ first defence of his European, Commonwealth and British middleweight belts, the 25-year-old fighter, just as he will be on Saturday, was on the offensive.

Saunders said: “There has been a lot of talk leading up to this fight but at the end of the day, there will only be one winner.

“I am so confident that I will say now if I lose to him, I will retire from boxing, the sport I love.

“He is in denial. He has not yet realised that I will win this easily. I have taken my training seriously this time. Six weeks down in Spain means I am ready to go and he is going to get a big shock on Saturday night.”

Absent from previous press engagements, Brighton’s Eubank Jnr brought the verbal jousting to Saunders unarmed, with neither his father, Chris Eubank Snr. or trainer Ronnie Davies in attendance.

The challenger said: “I’ve come alone today because it had to be done. I had more important things to do at the other times when I was due to be in front of you for press days but I am here now.

“I didn’t want to bring my dad or Ronnie (Davies) today just to listen to Billy Joe talk rubbish. This is the time for talking and Saturday will be the time for fighting.

“I am willing to die in the ring in order to win the belts and move onto the next level.”

Last month, the fight was sanctioned as a final eliminator for a shot at the WBO World Middleweight title, with Andy Lee and Nick Korobov due to square off in Las Vegas on Saturday, December 13.

Saunders currently has a record of 20 wins, 11 via knockout while Eubank Jnr. has beaten 13 of his 18 opponents by the same fate.


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