Andy Lee vs. Billy Joe Saunders isn't the only domestic showdown on the UK's docket.
The British Boxing Board of Control's' mandated fight between middleweight champion Nick Blackwell and challenger Chris Eubank, Jr. went to a purse bid today, and Mick Hennessy came out on top. This marks the third time the BBBofC has ordered the fight, but considering that Eddie Hearn made a bid, it looks like Eubank won't blow them off this time.
Blackwell (19-3-1, 8 KO) stopped John Ryder in May to earn the title and successfully defended it against Damon Jones and Jack Arnfield. Though he's come up short in his biggest fights to date, he did give Billy Joe Saunders and Max Bursak tough outs and fought Sergey Khomitsky to a draw.
Still, a win over Eubank (21-1, 16 KO) would be the biggest of his career by far. The former has knocked out three opponents since dropping a narrow decision to Billy Joe Saunders last year, most recently slugging his way past Gary O'Sullivan last Saturday.
No date or location have yet been set.