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Chris Eubank Jr: Saunders fight not official, Warren announced fight without signed contract

Chris Eubank Jr may not be facing Billy Joe Saunders after all, as the fighter claims that Frank Warren announced a deal that wasn't officially signed.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

In a claim that will surely shock millions around the world, Chris Eubank Jr claims that promoter Frank Warren jumped the gun when he announced a November 29 fight between Eubank and Billy Joe Saunders, saying that Warren is trying to rush him into a bad deal by announcing a fight that has not been signed.

Eubank (17-0, 12 KO) still tentatively has a fight set for October 25 against Jez Wilson, and it did seem as though the bout with press rival Saunders came together pretty suddenly, and the two prospects are still at quite different stages. Saunders has dominated at domestic level, while Eubank has mostly faced fluff opposition to date.

If Eubank's claims are true, it would hardly be the first time that the promoter had announced a fight that wound up not happening. You'll perhaps recall Warren having a press conference with poster art and everything for a fight between Dereck Chisora and Deontay Wilder, with Warren later saying that Wilder's arrest in Las Vegas prevented the fight from happening.

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