Chris Eubank Jr has delivered on his promise to donate £10,000 to charity if his bet on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez knocking out his bitter rival Billy Joe Saunders came in.
After the Mexican fighter’s victory, the son of Chris Eubank went through on his vow to give his winnings away, donating to Brighton-based children’s charity Rockinghorse, as shown on his Twitter account.
Chris Eubank Jr has delivered on his promise to donate £10,000 to charity after winning a bet
The British boxer bet £10,000 at even odds on Canelo Alvarez beating rival Billy Joe Saunders
The Hove-based boxer tweeted with the simple caption: ‘I’m a man of my word,’ along with pictures of him handing over the cheque.
Eubank Jr and fellow Brit Saunders have had bad blood between them since their showdown back in November 2014, which Saunders won by split decision to retain the British middleweight title.
That day, Eubank Jr became one of the more illustrious wins on Saunders’ boxing CV in a blockbuster event which went the distance.
Moreover, back in 2016 Saunders had an exchange on Twitter with Chris Eubank Snr, himself a world champion for five years during his own career.
Saunders taunted the Eubanks by claiming a rematch would be step back for him and that he’d only agree if he had an 80-20 split of the purse in his favour.
Mexican boxer Canelo (right) beat Saunders (left) in front of 73,000 fans in Texas earlier in May
‘I was not a coward when I took your little sausage to school. I’m the champ, I call the shots, you should know that,’ Saunders told Eubank Snr when the latter implied Saunders didn’t want to defend his titles.
‘You have to defeat a worthy champion to hold a world title as you know! Earn the right to fight.’
Eubank Jr stated openly before the fight his belief Canelo would win comfortably, telling Talksport: ‘(They are) different levels. I don’t really feel like Saunders has improved since he last fought me.
‘He is the same guy. I am levels and levels above what I was when I first got into the ring with Saunders. I feel like he is the same guy, that guy can’t beat someone like Canelo.’
He placed the bet with bookmaker William Hill before the bout, and captioned it: ‘The bet has been placed! Billy Schmoe Saunders to get cleaned out by Canelo Alvarez this Saturday. Oh… & the 10k I stand to win will all go to charity.’
A big Canelo uppercut in the eighth round saw previously unbeaten Saunders quit on his stool
Eubank Jr had said Canelo is a ‘different level’ to Saunders and strongly backed a knockout win
When Saunders learned about Eubank’s bet, he told the Behind the Gloves podcast: ‘At the end of the day, what he should have done was put the ten thousand on himself to beat me if he was that confident.
‘He didn’t, because I beat him. It’s one of them, look he’s desperate isn’t he? He’s just really irrelevant to me. The closest he’s going to get to a fight like this is go and buy a ticket. Sit ringside if you really want.’
Saunders, despite being undefeated before the fight, was a huge underdog against four-weight world champion Canelo and that was the way it proved, with a brutal uppercut in the eighth round causing Saunders’ team to withdraw him on his stool.
Eubank Jr was then filmed rolling around laughing after Saunders lost the fight, branding his rival a ‘wetbag’.
He then took the opportunity to get himself further involved in the action and tweeted: ‘Canelo if you want a Brit to give you a real fight… I’m ready and waiting.’
And Eubank Jr has now donated the money to Brighton-based children’s charity Rockinghorse