Billy Joe Saunders has branded a British rival and former opponent as ‘a waste of space’.
Saunders has been out of the ring for over two years since suffering his sole career defeat to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, sustaining a serious eye injury in the process.
The former two-weight world champion has declared his intentions to make a comeback this year and there hasn’t been a shortage of names throwing their hat in the ring.
One man who is always mentioned as a possible opponent is Chris Eubank Jr, who lost via split decision to Saunders back in 2014.
Eubank is coming off his first stoppage loss against Liam Smith and with the rematch now in limbo, running it back against Saunders has been suggested by some fans.
When discussing a potential rematch with iFL TV, Billy Joe says ‘Next Gen’ wouldn’t provide him with the required motivation to get in shape, believing he could beat him on a weeks notice.
Let’s put this into perspective, he has a long way for me to even consider getting in a training camp and being mentally switched on to fight him because I’ve been out two years but I could beat him next week. That’s the truth of it.
He can’t box, he’s fit, but no matter how fit he is now, with the age your body’s not going to let you move and go forward and be as active at 33, 34 to when you were 24, it just doesn’t work like that.
The 33-year-old says Eubank ‘doesn’t deserve’ a big payday fight against him.
Just get rid of him, he’s a waste of space at the minute to be fair. As far as I’m concerned he should be on the unlicensed boxing shows because he needs to rebuild himself, and who’s going to rebuild him now? I think they’ll just use him as a big name opponent now.
He would be a good warm up fight for me to come back to but he just doesn’t deserve it.
Saunders went on to say this part of his career will be about delivering big fights the public want, rather than chasing world titles.