Chris Eubank Jr gears up for mouthwatering Billy Joe Saunders clash with second-round win over Omar Siala in warm-up

Eubank Jr faces Saunders on 29 November in London

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Chris Eubank Jr warmed up for next month's domestic showdown with Billy Joe Saunders by claiming a quickfire victory over unheralded German Omar Siala at Liverpool's Echo Arena.

Despite the biggest test of his fledgling professional career just five weeks away, the unbeaten Eubank Jr opted to take a tune-up and it paid dividends as he claimed his 18th straight victory in the paid ranks.

The 25-year-old needed less than two rounds to see off Siala, the referee ending the fight just over a minute into the second round after Eubank Jr had landed yet another crunching uppercut on his opponent.

It was a clinical display but Eubank Jr is likely to face a much sterner test on November 29, on the undercard of Dereck Chisora's heavyweight re-match with Tyson Fury, when he challenges rival Saunders (20-0, 11KOs) for the European middleweight title in London.

Eubank was quoted as saying by boxnationtv's Twitter account after his win over Siala: "The main fight is on the 29th against average Joe. The best is yet to come. This guy didn't deserve to fight me.

 

"I took this fight because I'm a fighter. Even if I did get injured I still would have fought Saunders - and beat him. You saw the power my punches were causing to the other guy."

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