Eubank Jr. wants Cotto, Canelo, Quillin and Jacobs
By Scott Gilfoid: Not satisfied with name dropping IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s name, WBA interim 160lb champ Chris Eubank Jr. (20-1, 15 KOs) has now added the names of four more fighters to that list. The 26-year-old Eubank Jr now says he wants to share the ring with Miguel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Peter Quillin and Daniel Jacobs within the next year or two, along with Golovkin.
That’s a pretty long list of fighters, and obviously the only way that Eubank Jr. will be able to fight all of them is if he wins all of his fights in the next two years. This means that Eubank Jr. will need to defeat #11 WBA Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan in their fight on December 12th, and then he’ll need to beat the winner of the Quillin vs. Jacobs fight.
I don’t see Eubank Jr. having any problems at all in beat O’Sullivan, because he’s another bottom feeder like his last opponent #13 WBA Tony Jeter, who Eubank Jr. beat by a 2nd round knockout last Saturday night at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, UK.
Eubank Jr. and his promoter Eddie Hearn are pretty excited about the O’Sullivan fight for some reason. I’m not sure why because O’Sullivan is little more than a domestic level fighter at best, and not a major fighter. But the excitement in that fight gives me a good indication of how low the bar is for Eubank Jr.
“These [Miguel Cotto and Saul Canelo Alvarez] are all future fights definitely,” Eubank Jr. said to Fighthype. “I’m definitely interested in sharing the ring with these types of fighters within the next year or two. I know the fight with Spike is a final eliminator for the WBA regular world title. These are all the names I want to share the ring with in the near year. Hopefully, we get it on. I’ll fight anywhere,” Eubank Jr. said.
If Eubank Jr. is really serious about wanting to fight Cotto, then he’s going to need to shorten his time frame from 2 years to less than 1, because Cotto is likely going to retire in the near future, and he’s not going to be there when Eubank Jr., his father Chris Eubank Sr. and promoter Eddie Hearn are finally ready to face the top guys.
I don’t see Eubank Jr. improving any in the future, so he might as well try and fight all the big names he can right away, because he’s going to get beaten just the same. Eubank Jr. is too weak of a puncher in my estimation to beat the better fighters. He does good against guys like Tony Jeter, but when you match him against tougher opponents like Billy Joe Saunders, he falls apart.
By the time Eubank Jr. does get around to face the likes of the Quillin-Jacobs winner, he’ll have likely called out every top fighter in the division.
Eubank Jr. should just keep his pie-hole shut about him wanting to fight Golovkin, Quillin, Jacobs, Cotto and Canelo. He should be focusing on O’Sullivan because if he can’t win that fight then he’ll be out of luck.