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Saunders taunts Eubank Jnr and claims he would rather face Smith

‘He goes to bed thinking about me’: Billy Joe Saunders taunts former rival Chris Eubank Jnr and claims he would rather face Callum Smith after homecoming clash with Shefat Isufi

  • Billy Joe Saunders returns to the ring against Shefat Isufi on Saturday night
  • Victory would put him on the cusp of big fights with the likes of Chris Eubank Jnr
  • But Saunders, who beat Eubank in 2014, is instead targeting Callum Smith

Billy Joe Saunders claims he is ready to snub a rematch against Chris Eubank Jnr in favour of a super-middleweight Battle of Britain with Callum Smith.

Saunders can become a two-weight world champion when he faces Shefat Isufi for the vacant WBO 168lb crown on Saturday night in Stevenage.

The 29-year-old has endured a terrible 18 months in and out of the ring but victory at the LAMEX Stadium would put him in the frame for more big fights, including domestic clashes against WBA champion Smith and Eubank Jnr.

Billy Joe Saunders claims he is ready to snub a rematch against Chris Eubank Jnr

The 29-year-old returns to the ring on Saturday night when he faces Shefat Isufi in Stevenage

Saunders beat rival Eubank back in 2014 and their war of words has rarely relented since. Eubank’s recent win over James DeGale reopened the door to a rematch but Saunders told Sportsmail he could take or leave a second fight.

‘They’re very hard to do business with. Do I need his business? No. Would I like it? Yeah,’ he said.

‘If that happens, it happens, but I’m not clutching on to any straws with that. I signed the fight twice with him, he blew it.

‘At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if I never box him again, to me. I gave the public it the first time, I beat him. I can go to sleep at night and that demon doesn’t enter my head.

Saunders beat Eubank Jnr when the former middleweight rivals met back in November 2014

‘I can go to sleep knowing I beat him, and I beat him on a 50 per cent me.

He added: ‘He goes to bed thinking not so much about George Groves now because he’s retired. He goes to bed thinking about me.’

Instead Saunders is targeting the likes of Canelo Alvarez and the division’s current No 1, Smith.

The WBA king is set to face Hassan N’Dam on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jnr on June 1.

Should both win their respective fights, Saunders hopes to prove wrong those who believe Smith would ruin his unbeaten record.

The 29-year-old is eyeing a fight with Liverpool’s WBA super-middleweight king Callum Smith

‘I’d love to make the Callum Smith fight because a lot of people look at Callum Smith’s attributes and think, “He’s too big, he’s too strong, he’s wrong for Billy Joe,” Saunders said.

‘But you have to be all wrong for an opponent, not the other way round, I can adapt and people haven’t seen me adapt to someone who’s better than me.

‘When I do, they’ll say “Oh he wasn’t that good”. No he was that good but I adapted to make him look like that… a good fighter can adapt to any style.’


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