Saunders-Eubank Jr winner to get WBO title shot
The winner of the eagerly awaited clash between British rivals Billy Joe Saunders (20-0, 11 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr (18-0, 13 KOs) will get a shot at the WBO middleweight title.
Saunders and Eubank Jr, who have engaged in a build-up filled with trash talk, will meet in a scheduled 12-round fight on November 29 at the ExCel Arena in London on the undercard of the heavyweight rematch between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora. The bout already had high stakes with Saunders' European, Commonwealth and British titles on the line. Now the clash has been sanctioned by the World Boxing Organisation, at their Convention in Las Vegas, as a Final Eliminator for the World title.
Peter Quillin vacated the WBO's 160 pound title in September, so mandatory challenger Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) will face Andy Lee (33-2, 23 KOs) on December 13 in Las Vegas for the vacant belt, with the winner of that fight obligated to eventually defend against the winner of Saunders-Eubank Jr.
"I can't wait for it." said Saunders, a 2008 British Olympian. "This is what I'm in this sport for, to face the best, beat the best and become world champion.
"This is a huge fight already with all my titles on the line. But it's even bigger now with the world title eliminator added. The pressure's on, but that's how I like it.
"At the moment my mind is focussed on beating Eubank Jr and everything I'm doing out here in Marbella is geared towards that. I'm going to smash Eubank Jr to bits and prove that I'm the man who is real world championship material, not that hand puppet from Brighton.
"Regardless of title belts and money, what's motivating me is glory and being recognised as the man who destroyed Chris Eubank Jr."