Eubank calls out Canelo

Shortly after Canelo Alvarez toppled his seventh British opponent in Billy Joe Saunders, another immediately stuck up his hand to become eighth in line.

The boxing world may not exactly be clamouring for Canelo vs Chris Eubank Jr, but that didn’t stop the Brighton man throwing his name in the ring following the Mexican’s eighth-round retirement win over Saunders at the AT&T Stadium in Texas on Saturday.

Eubank was already in high spirits, having staked £10,000 on Canelo stopping old rival Saunders with the proceeds going to charity.

“Canelo if you want a Brit to give you a real fight… I’m ready and waiting,” tweeted Eubank to a predictable reaction from his detractors online.

Back down at middleweight after a previous sojourn at 168lbs, Eubank outpointed Marcus Morrison in Manchester last weekend, shaking off the ringrust after a 17-month absence. Eubank (30-2, 22 KOs) previously lost a split decision to Saunders back in November 2014. Canelo, meanwhile, is targeting IBF 168lbs champion Caleb Plant next.