Eubank Jr – It’s about levels
By Daniel Hughes: This Saturday night the main support fight between Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte at the O2 Arena, North Greenwich, London 12th December will be between middleweights Chris Eubank Jr and Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan. It is a fight that O’Sullivan the man from Cork, Ireland has been calling for the last three years.
On Saturday night he gets his wish, opportunity and payday to deliver what he has promised, defeat for Eubank Jr.
The usual pre-fight war of words for me has been just that, it’s boxing it is frankly par for the course, claim and counter claim, reality being when the first bell sounds. Eubank Jr when interviewed relaxed and for me focused and confident, fazed never, not in his make-up let alone the usual link to his father, who the O’Sullivan camp have a link to they have close up knowledge of encountering Eubank Jr’s father.
Boxing being what it is, any perceived edge greatly embraced. The code to potentially any Eubank defeat linked and entrenched in his own corner in O’Sullivan’s belief and history.
Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan a fighter with certainly decent power and the twist in the tail being trained by Paschal Collins the brother of the first man to beat Eubank Jr’s father, Steve Collins believe they have a game plan to upset Eubank Jr this coming Saturday.
The common theme for those looking to compare both fighter’s records would be the only loss on each’s respective record, Billy Joe Saunders. Those looking at only that and making a case for O’Sullivan beating Eubank Jr are making for me a big mistake. One fighter was outclassed O’Sullivan the other lost a razor thin decision, Eubank Jr.
I had previously previewed the Saunders and Eubank Jr fight and predicted a Saunders win on points and it was a split decision contest that could have gone either way, both fighters I hope will meet again.
Eubank Jr prior to the Billy Joe-Saunders fight had only been in a scheduled 10 round fight once which he won in the first round against Ivan Jukic and had boxed no longer than 8 rounds, his team made a mistake for me to pitch him in with Saunders over 12 rounds, they needed the proof that Eubank Jr could leave something in the tank, Eubank Jr actually did that against Saunders. He came on strong after the 6th round, but the first half of the fight lost, the better man on the night for me prevailed in Saunders, just the seasoned technician used his nous.
I believe on Saturday night Eubank Jr will prove to be what he is, levels above O’Sullivan a guy with decent power but carries his hands low at times Eubank exposes that, O’Sullivan is a game fighter but be careful what you wish for when you get what you ask.