Warning came after Eubank Jnr took a jibe at rival and Romany gypsy Saunders for ‘living in a caravan’
BILLY JOE SAUNDERS has told Chris Eubank Jnr he will need extra security the next time he fights a traveller.
The warning came after Eubank Jnr made a jibe at Saunders “living in a caravan” – to which the WBO middleweight champ responded by saying his rival would have “bottles thrown at him”.
Saunders, who is the only person to have defeated Eubank Jnr in his professional career, is a proud Romany gypsy.
In an interview recently Eubank Jnr gave to Behind The Gloves, Eubank Jnr was talking about Billy Joe Saunders’ financial state and career.
He then said: “As far as I know, he is living in a caravan – so I think that says it all.”
This comment, unsurprisingly, angered WBO middleweight champion Saunders, who said the travelling community were disgusted by Eubank Jnr’s comments.
Speaking to iFilm TV, Saunders said: “What he don’t realise now is that he’s upset a lot of gypsies – not me, because I don’t care if someone calls me gypsy, p***y, g**o, I live in a tent, I live in a caravan, I don’t care.
“He’s lost a lot of gypsy fans. He says ‘Billy Joe lives in a caravan, that says it all,’ – that’s our culture, we live in a caravan because that’s our culture.
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“I could buy and sell him and his dad within a click of fingers, so he don’t really need to judge me because I live in a caravan.
“They [the Eubanks] are very judgemental people, but it doesn’t get to me, he can say what he wants to me.
“But to say, ‘he lives in a caravan that says it all,’ so what? That says it all, we are scum.”
Saunders then went on to say how Eubank Jnr, who defended his IBO world title against Arthur Abraham last weekend, wants to be careful next time if he fights a traveller.
He added: “Does he even make it to the ring? He wants to step up security, because he’ll have bottles, everything thrown at him.
“To be honest, a lot of the travellers in my community are disgusted with him, English, Irish, Scotch and Welsh we are all one.”
Despite Saunders answering his critics with a split decision points victory against Eubank Jnr back in November 2014, a rematch remains a popular wish with many.
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