Billy Joe Saunders believes old friend James DeGale will beat old enemy Chris Eubank Jr

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Billy Joe Saunders believes old friend James DeGale will beat old enemy Chris Eubank Jr

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Saunders outpointed Eubank himself in 2014

Billy Joe Saunders has unsurprisingly picked his old amateur teammate James DeGale to beat his old rival Chris Eubank Jr.

The British super-middleweights will finally meet at the O2 Arena on February 23 – live on talkSPORT – after years of bitter trash talk.

DeGale and Eubank Jr face off before the clash, which you can hear live on talkSPORT

Saunders has plenty of experience in the company of both men, having been in Team GB with James DeGale at the 2008 Olympics and having fought Chris Eubank Jr as professionals in 2014.

When asked who he thought would win the fight, Saunders told Behind The Gloves: “People are saying, ‘DeGale’s finished, he’s over the hill.’

“You can’t lose that technical ability. Everybody gets old.

“Let’s say he’s lost five per cent of his movement. Five per cent of pure boxing is purely good enough to beat Eubank. That’s all.”

Billy Joe Saunders is the former WBO middleweight world champion

Billy Joe Saunders is the former WBO middleweight world champion

Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr have had their own raging conflict for several years after Saunders beat Eubank Jr in a 2014 defence of his British, European and Commonwealth titles.

Since then, Saunders has always spoken disparagingly of Eubank Jr and continued to do so in his prediction.

“He’s just not good enough,” Saunders continued, “End of story.

“I can see nothing but a DeGale points win.”


LIVE ON TALKSPORT

James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr is live on talkSPORT, February 23 from the O2 Arena.

You can watch the full Billy Joe Saunders interview from Behind The Gloves below.




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