CHRIS EUBANK JR has ripped into Billy Joe Saunders as he claimed he would “destroy” the WBO super-middleweight champion should they meet in a rematch.
The 29-year-old suffered the first defeat of his career at the hands of the slick southpaw in 2014 as he failed to rip away his rival’s European, British and Commonwealth titles.
But IBO champ Eubank Jr – who has been appearing on Channel 4 show Gogglebox with his dad – is desperate to avenge his defeat, while he also stated that he believes Saunders is nothing without him.
Speaking to the Daily Star, he said: “It’s funny, it’s funny. I haven’t thought about the guy for years really.
“If we’re talking about who’s thinking about who, without me he’s really nobody. Nobody would know his name if it wasn’t for me and our fight.
“The fact he got a decision over me, that’s what made him known as a fighter and that’s all he really clings onto. He’s not a likeable guy. He’s done a lot of bad things.
“He’s a drug cheat, he’s been taken to court, there are these viral videos of him taking advantage of vulnerable people. He’s a bad guy and he’s paid the price for it.
“I want the rematch to happen now that he’s got the belt, a belt that I don’t feel he deserved.”
Before adding: “He’s still looking for those big-money fights. He’s never had one before, which is why he’s dying to fight me, which is why he’s talking about me now, because he’s got his title and he now thinks he can get his big-money fights.
“But I’m not gonna start the fight from the sixth round this time, which is what I did in the first fight. The fact I only started the fight halfway through and it was still a split decision, that says it all really.
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“Since then, I’ve never ever done that again because I’ve learned from my mistake.
“I’m a seasoned pro now, I know what to do. I know what I am, I know what he is and I know I’d destroy him in the rematch. From round one, not from round six.”
Eubank Jr is coming off the back of a career-best performance having beaten two-time IBF champ James DeGale at the 02 Arena in February.