Chris Eubank Jr has made good on his promise to donate £10,000 to charity after
betting on Canelo Alvarez to beat Billy Joe Saunders.
The 31-year-old middleweight contender has since pledged his winnings to
Brighton’s Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, which will fund new equipment.
I’m a man of my word. “I was delighted to be able to donate £10,000 to Rockinghorse
as for me, it’s extremely important to support charities close to home,” said Eubank Jr
The former IBO super-middleweight champion bet a whopping £10k on Canelo to win
his 168lb unification bout with the Hatfield hitman.
An eighth-round retirement from Saunders following a fractured orbital saw Eubank Jr’s
bet come in.
And true to his word, NextGen donated his winnings to the Rockinghorse Children’s
charity in Brighton.
Eubank Jr shared a picture of himself handing over a cheque to staff at the charity to
Twitter on Monday morning.
His accompanying caption read: “I’m a man of my word.”
Eubank Jr was so confident Canelo would get the job done he posted his pre-fight bet
He tweeted: ‘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.”
Eubank Jr took great pleasure in Saunders’ defeat, posting a video of him laughing at
his rival’s loss and branding him a ‘wet bag’.
The 31-year-old then turned his attention to pound-for-pound king Canelo, issuing
a challenge to the hard-hitting Mexican.
He tweeted: “Canelo if you want a Brit to give you a real fight… I’m ready & waiting.”
Eubank Jr, like many others, thought Saunders was well and truly out of his depth against
four-weight champ Canelo, telling talkSPORT: “[They’re] 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.”
Saunders underwent surgery on his fractured orbital the day after his maiden defeat,
which he’s vowed to bounce back from.
He wrote on his official Facebook page: “Thanks everyone for msg.
“Broken eye socket and broken cheekbone in three places – operation yesterday, all went
“You win some and lose some. Didn’t feel out of my league but got caught with a good
shot and couldn’t see.
“Thank you all who watched. I’ll be back, God bless you all.”