Marcus Morrison ready to spoil Eubank Jr’s Golovkin dreams
By Charles Brun: Marcus Morrison (23-3, 16 KOs) is planning on upsetting Chris Eubank Jr’s dreams of a fight against IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin by defeating him this Saturday night in their 10-round scheduled match on Sky Box Office and DAZN at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
With Morrison’s seven-fight winning streak going for him, he’ll be looking to knock out the inactive Eubank Jr, and take his career to the next level.
Instead of Eubank Jr getting a fight with Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs), it could be Morrison in what would a massive payday for him.
Eubank Jr. vs. Morrison will be taking place on the Joseph Parker vs. Dereck Chisora card on Saturday, May 1st.
Chris Eubank hasn’t fought in two years
Morrison, 28, is catching former IBO super middleweight champion Eubank Jr (29-2, 22 KOs) at the right time in his career with him having fought only two rounds in the last 26 months.
In contrast, Morrison has fought four times in the last two years, showing his spartan worth ethic. Marcus will never be mistaken for being a lazy and shiftless fighter by fans.
Like a lot of fighters that have gotten a taste of some money, Eubank Jr has been enjoying himself outside of the ring, living the good life, and not staying active. This is how it tends to go with fighters.
They achieve a little bit of success, make some money, and it’s all downhill from there.
They sit inactively, resting on their laurels rather than getting back on the job like the rest of the world must do on a daily basis with their jobs. As a result, the fighter’s careers sink into a quagmire.
“I’m always dangerous. Only a fool would not respect my power,” Marcus Morrison said to Sky Sports. “I do carry the punch power to knock Chris Eubank Jr out.
“To pull this upset off would be one of the biggest upsets in UK boxing, especially when he’s talking about the likes of Canelo, Golovkin, and all these fighters.
“If I go in there and spoil the party, where does that put me?” asked Morrison. “It puts me right up there with the big names.”
Eubank Jr will likely press hard for a rematch with Morrison if he gets knocked out by him on Saturday.
How much does Chris have left?
It would be too big of a defeat for Eubank Jr not to have his promoter Eddie Hearn put all his promotional muscle into forcing a rematch with Morrison.
At this point in Eubank’s career, it’s hard to predict how he’ll look. Sitting on the couch for two years in any sport results in an athlete losing a significant amount of their ability.
Eubank Jr is not immune to the negative consequences of not staying active in his sport.
As the saying goes, ‘If you don’t use it, you lose it,’ which holds true for boxers like Eubank Jr. When you decide that you want to live the life of a retired person, you can’t expect to stay in the same place you were before.
It goes without saying that Eubank Jr won’t be better for having been inactive for two years.
“So if I go and pull this upset off, then that takes me and my career to new heights,” said Morrison about his hopes for an upset victory over Eubank Jr.
Morrison’s last seven fights:
- Darryl Sharp – pts 6
- Edwin Palacios – KO 1
- Emanuele Blandamura – TKO 9
- Darryl Sharp – pts 8
- Serge Ambomo – TKO 6
- Darryl Sharp – pts 6
- Richard Harrison – RTD 1
Of course, an obvious question boxing fans will ask is why did Morrison waste time taking on journeyman Darryl Sharp on three occasions? The answer is that Morrison wanted to improve each time, and obviously, he was hoping to knock out the durable journeyman.
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