Saunders not worried by Eubank Jnr no show

PUBLISHED: 14:11 03 November 2014 | UPDATED: 21:07 03 November 2014

The Eubanks empty seats

The Eubanks empty seats

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Hatfield’s own Billy-Joe Saunders was again left standing alone at the altar after opponent for his November 29 showdown, Chris Eubank Jr. failed to show for a scheduled press conference at the Excel Arena.

Billy Joe Saunders tears up a cardboard cut-out of Chris Eubank JnrBilly Joe Saunders tears up a cardboard cut-out of Chris Eubank Jnr

The Eubanks, junior and his established father Chris senior, have now avoided two press conferences, ahead of what has been confirmed as a WBO World Middleweight title Final Eliminator.

Saunders, 25, had flown back from his MGM training camp in Marbella to attend the meeting but while promoter Frank Warren called the situation “insulting” and “a disservice to boxing”, the Hertfordshire fighter was more relaxed.

Saunders told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I am cool about the situation because we had to come back for Jimmy (Tibbs - trainer to Saunders) to meet someone anyway and I got to see my children for a few hours which is amazing.

“It is no skin off my nose. I feel sorry for you guys who have turned up to see us both only for him to not turn up.

“I don’t see why he thinks I am going to slap him here. I have plenty of opportunity to punch his head in, during the fight itself.”

Both fighters are undefeated with Saunders knocking out 11 of his 20 opponents while Eubank has defeated 13 of his 18 adversaries by the same fate.

Despite Eubank’s credible record in the ring and pre-fight antics, Saunders is untaxed by the job in hand.

He continued: “There are no mind games on my part here. He is 100 per cent not in my head at this point.

“I am not concerned by him at all. I just know I will knock him out here in a couple of weeks and end his undefeated streak.”


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