Chris Eubank Jr has candidly admitted he decided against pursuing a fight with Roy Jones Jr in the 1990s.
The pair both held titles at middleweight and super-middleweight, but never unified against one another.
Chris Eubank Jr mentored by his father, Chris Eubank Sr
British legend Eubank told Sky: “I don’t want to appear arrogant because I’m not.
“I had brains. I never had to fight Roy because he was never number one contender to my WBO championship.
“I was not mindless enough to go looking for something that I couldn’t achieve.
“I would have fought Roy if he was number one contender – I would have had to, because my integrity would not have allowed me to dodge him.
Chris Eubank Jr is now training with Roy Jones Jr in Miami
“But I was WBO champion and he was IBF. I didn’t have to, I wasn’t forced to.
“It was a very tall building that I chose not to climb.
“If you choose to do something that you know you cannot do, or that is going to be very difficult, then you are a fool!
“My view was; Roy, I will admire you from afar!”
Eubank won world titles at middleweight and super-middleweight
Jones Jr replied: “It was never an opportunity. Nobody was making noise about me against the guys from England.
“I wasn’t in a hurry to take my title to England because I was robbed in Seoul [in the 1988 Olympics].
“I was not a guy who took risks going overseas. I admired Chris Sr because he could box and he was different.
“It would have been an interesting fight if it ever happened. But he had Steve Collins and Nigel Benn. I had James Toney and Bernard Hopkins.
“Neither one of us were duckers. We both had titles and didn’t have to unify unless the fans demanded it. At the time, it wasn’t demanded.”