Chris Eubank Jr has said he failed to attend a media conference this week as he was concerned opponent Billy Joe Saunders might act “unprofessionally”.
The pair will compete on 29 November in a WBO middleweight title eliminator.
On Monday, promoter Frank Warren had accused Eubank’s father and former world champion Chris Eubank Sr of orchestrating the no-show.
Eubank Jr, 25, believes Saunders may have done something to diminish boxing’s reputation had they faced off.
He told BT Sport: “I respect the business of boxing so much, which is why I didn’t come to the press conference, because Billy Joe Saunders is unprofessional about things he might do and say.
“That brings a bad light on British boxing and we need to stay away from things like that. My job is to get in the ring, beat him and take the belts.”
At Monday’s news conference, Warren said he was “angry” about the Eubanks’ absence, and said Eubank Sr had wanted £50,000 put into an escrow to guarantee 25-year-old Saunders would not “put his hands” on his son.
“I’ve not had anything like that happen at any of my press conferences,” Warren said.
“Billy has an impeccable record at press conferences and at fights.”
Both men are undefeated, with Eubank, from Hove, winning all 18 of his professional fights, while Hatfield’s British, Commonwealth and European middleweight champion Saunders has beaten 20 opponents.
Source: BBC Sport');