Chris Eubank Jr’s stock is high at the moment, following his impressive revenge win over Liam Smith back in September, when he stopped Smith at the Manchester Arena.
However, a man Eubank once shared the ring with has taken a swipe at him in a recent interview this week, saying he will “never” achieve the highest honours in the sport.
Appearing on Up Front with Simon Jordan, former two-weight world champion, Billy Joe Saunders, claimed Eubank was simply “okay” and that his win over Smith was more down to the Liverpudlian taking his eye off the ball.
“He’s just a very arrogant person, I couldn’t click with his personality.
I have said it from day one, he [Eubank] will never be a world champion. I’ll tell you the reason why, because I’ve been in the ring with him.
I know the difference between him your David Lemiuexs and Andy Lee’s, you can see why they’ve been world champions.
I think he’s okay, but he’ll never be world champion. My initial thought of the first fight with Liam Smith was that Liam was on the ball, then I think he got a few quid, got a little bit comfortable and chucked himself in at the deep end when he shouldn’t have.”
Eubank and Saunders locked horns in a British title fight back in 2013, in which the latter emerged with a close points victory – which ‘Next Gen’ disputes until this day.
With ‘BJS’ plotting a return to the ring in the next couple of months, a long awaited rematch between the pair could be in the offing for 2024.