Eubank Jr. with pressure on him to prove himself

By Boxing News - 10/23/2015 - Comments

eubank56565By Scott Gilfoid: After all the bragging WBA interim middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr. 19-1, 14 KOs) has done about himself in the last two weeks in order to gain some attention, he’s going to need to go out and prove that he’s the real deal this Saturday night in his fight against bottom fringe contender #13 WBA Tony Jeter (20-4-1, 14 KOs) in a 12 round scheduled bout at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, UK.

This will be the first time that Eubank Jr. has ever fought on Sky, and his promoter Eddie Hearn has picked out a guy that is beatable enough for him to make a good showing. Of course, even the lowest of the ranked contenders are still capable of making you look bad, so it’s going to be up to Eubank Jr. to try and show that he’s as good as he and his rather Chris Eubank Sr. say he is. But it’s a no win situation as far as I’m concerned for Eubank Jr., because Hearn picked out a guy so flawed an beatable in 39-year-old Jeter that it’s going to prove exactly nothing when Eubank Jr. beats him on Saturday night.

That’s why it’s always best to pick out the best opponent possible every time so that you can get credit. If Hearn had opened up his wallet and dug deep, he could have likely gotten a talent like Tureano Johnson to accept the fight with Eubank Jr. If he offered him a couple hundred thousand, I think Johnson would have taken the fight. He then could have tested Eubank Jr’s chin to see if he could take a hard shot without dropping for the 10 count.

“I like big talkers,” Eubank Jr. said to PT Boxing. “It brings more excitement when someone is that confident. I think I’ll be able to undo this guy. I’m a different animal. He’s talked a big game and now it’s time for him to put up or shut up. The true boxing fans know this is a fight that I’m going to dominate,” Eubank Jr. said.

It’s interesting that Eubank Jr. is so keyed up about the Jeter fight for some reason. Is there some kind of insecurity there with Eubank Jr. or what? I mean, why is he acting like he’s got a real opponent capable of beating him? It just tells me that Eubank Jr. has been matched so weakly during his career that even with him matched up against a fodder opponent, he’s anxious about the fight. No wonder Eubank Jr. lost to Billy Joe Saunders.

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Speaking about his loss to Billy Joe Saunders, Eubank Jr. said “I need to avenge the loss at some point. It’s not only for me. It’s the public that is demanding the rematch. Hopefully I can fight him in the next six month.”

Saunders will be ready and waiting for Eubank Jr. after he faces Andy Lee in December. Not sure why Eubank Jr. is talking six months. The fight can surely happen before that if he really wants the rematch with Saunders badly enough. Hearn can easily make the Eubank Jr. v. Saunders fight, as long as he offers the right kind of cash. Saunders will need a big fight if he loses to Lee on December 19th. If he beats Lee, then he can defend against Eubank Jr. with his first title defense.

When asked about his timeline for fighting Gennady Golovkin, Eubank Jr. said “12 months to two years, you’ll definitely see me and him sharing a ring. I can talk as much as I want, but at the end of the day, you’ll have to see it to believe it. I have to earn my stripes first, and those next couple of fights will put me in the position to do, and once that’s done Golovkin is the end goal,” Eubank Jr. said.

Why is Eubank Jr. talking 2 years for a fight against Golovkin? Is he hoping to wait him out until he’s old enough for him to get beaten? If that’s Eubank Jr’s scheme, then I don’t think it’s going to work, because Golovkin isn’t going to lose his punching power in the next two years. I don’t see Golovkin losing his punching power until he’s in his 50s, and he’s obviously not going to be fighting at that point. So in other words, Eubank Jr. can’t wait Golovkin out because it’s not going to happen. The Kazakhstan fighter will still be punching like a mule kicks for the next 10 years.

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