Saunders: I’ll Let Benn Take Care of Eubank at 160, I’ll Finish Him Off at 168

Former two division champion Billy Joe Saunders is still eager to secure a rematch with domestic rival Chris Eubank Jr. – and he’s even willing to do the fight if Eubank loses to Conor Benn.

Eddie Hearn, who promotes Benn and Saunders, is hoping to finalize a fight between Benn and Eubank for December 23.

Benn, who usually competes at welterweight, would have to move up by two weight divisions to challenge Eubank at the middleweight limit of 160-pounds.

Saunders holds a close points win over Eubank from 2014.

He’s been out of the ring since getting stopped by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May of 2021. Saunders is planning to return to action by the end of the year.

After suffering an unexpected knockout loss to Liam Smith back in January, Eubank bounced back in force in their September rematch – when he dominated and stopped Smith.

The fight with Benn is one of the most lucrative options on the table for Eubank – but Benn is still embroiled in a legal battle with UK Anti-Doping and the British Boxing Board of Control – in connection to a pair of positive drug tests from 2022.

Eubank, while currently competing at middleweight, has fought at 168-pounds in the past.

Saunders is backing Benn to defeat Eubank if they meeting the ring. 

“Listen, commercially [the rematch is one] that makes sense for both of us. Eddie is the man to make it. At the minute, he’s a 160 fighter, so I think he’s trying to prove himself at 160,” Saunders told IFL TV.

“Obviously, there’s a big fight for him there at the minute in Conor Benn. It’s an interesting fight that everybody wants to see. I’ll let Conor Benn take care of him at 160, then he’ll probably move up to 168 and I’ll just finish him off. I’ll take the leftovers.” 

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