Chris Eubank Jr is in action this coming weekend as he sets his sights firmly upon veteran Arthur Abraham, in his first defence of his IBO super middleweight title at Wembley Arena.
The Brit won the title in February against Renold Quinlan and will be put to test against the ageing Armenian who is no stranger to title fights. Eubank Jr is the favourite going into the fight but Abraham has won world titles at two divisions over a long and successful career and cannot be overlooked.
Eubank Jr is looking to move into a position of assurance and opportunity in the super-middleweight division if he can get past Arthur Abraham on Saturday.
The winner of the bout will enter the World Boxing Super Series as the third seed to face Turkey’s Avni Yildirim in what looks to be an enticing tournament to decide the king of the division. “I want to challenge myself against the best fighters out there,” said Eubank to the Telegraph. “The Muhammad Ali Trophy is a great idea and I am thrilled to participate. It would be great to fight Groves and to take his title away from him but let´s see what happens when the draw in Monaco takes place. I am taking one step at a time and right now all my focus is on the fight with Abraham. With just one win between me and the World Boxing Super Series, I am extremely motivated.”
Boxing promoter Kalle Sauerland stated “Eubank versus Abraham is a big fight that just got bigger. With the winner going into the tournament, the stakes could not be any higher.” Eubank Jr has used this to motivate him further: “Arthur Abraham has a great chin as he has shown on numerous occasions against some of the best fighters in the world, but I’m going in there to knock him out and knock him out cold.
I’m faster than Abraham, I hit harder and I have quicker feet. It’s going to be a tremendous night for me to stop Arthur Abraham because I’ll be doing what so many other fighters have been incapable of doing. It will be a boxing masterclass.”
Arthur Abraham is a trouper in the sport. Boasting an impressive record of 46-5 with 30 KOs he is a force to be reckoned and despite being an ageing fighter he has experience on his side. Arthur Abraham is confident he will come out on top “The only view Chris Eubank will be getting on Saturday is of the referee raising my arm in victory.” He said to ITV.
Despite facing Arthur Abraham this Saturday, Eubank Jr cannot help but look ahead to possible future fights. “A belt is a belt so George Groves is in the firing range,” Eubank told ESPN.
“He got the job done against Fedor Chudinov in his last fight and did what he had to do. Was I impressed? No, but he got the job done.” “Me and DeGale have a history. We’ve knocked heads before so it would be very satisfying for me to go in there and destroy him like I know I can and like I did in the sparring session all those years ago. Me against DeGale and Groves has to happen — who else can they fight? The public wants me to fight them.”
Tune into ITV Box Office on Saturday July 15th to see IBO world championship action.
By Armaan Hussain. You can follow him on Twitter on @armaticc