Chris Eubank Jr Eyes Charlo Showdown
When Chris Eubank Jr (28-2, 21 KO’s) makes his American debut on December 17, he will do so with grand ambitions for himself and the division. On that date, in the belly of the Brooklyn Barclay’s Center, Eubank will face the challenge of Matvey Korobov (28-2-1, 14 KO’s) on the undercard of Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo (29-0, 21 KO’s) v. Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (28-2-1, 7 KO’s). The explosive prizefights will air live on SHOWTIME.
Not only is Eubank returning to his native middleweight division, he is competing with Korobov for the interim WBA middleweight strap. Eubank actually fought for, and won, the interim WBA middleweight belt over Dmitrii Chudinov on February 2, 2015.
He defended the title one time against Tony “Mo Better” Jeter (20-5-1, 14 KO’s) eight month later on October 24. Now, in his US debut, Chris Eubank Jr is eager to showcase his skills in front of an American audience and capture the title anew.
Confident is certainly a word that applies to Eubank! From his vantage point, he is entering into a golden era of his own career. To begin, as mentioned earlier, Eubank Jr is returning back to middleweight after serving a two-year, six-fight term at super middleweight. The UK native explained that the only reason for the move up in the first place was to secure the biggest money fights available.
“It’s going to be a huge difference at 160, I’m going to be a savage at 160! That’s most of my career has been at 160, then for the last two or three years I moved up. Couldn’t say no to the money man, there were too many big fights, too many money fights up there at that weight so I was willing to give away the size difference. But now with PBC, Al Haymon and SHOWTIME I have a great contract with them and there is a lot of great fights in middleweight now. So, I’m going to be powerful.” ~Chris Eubank Jr
GUNNING FOR HIT MAN CHARLO!
Now that Eubank has aligned himself with Al Haymon and the PBC, he doesn’t foresee securing meaty paydays to be a troublesome issue anymore. Not to mention he is coming off a career best won over James “Chunky” DeGale (25-3-1, 15 KO’s) on February 23. Another big reason that Eubank is happy to be with the PBC is it puts him in a strategic position to face Jermall Charlo. When speaking on the subject of the Hit Man, it was wildly evident that Eubank doesn’t think very much of the Charlo.
Due to his thinking that Charlo does not match up well with him skill-wise, Eubank is adamant that he would easily and brutally defeat Charlo. This is certainly big talk!
“He’s very beatable! I see a lot of flaws in his style, he gets hit easy. I would definitely handle him savagely […] I would take that guy apart 100%.” ~Chris Eubank Jr
To begin providing validation for his claim, Eubank has every intention on stopping Korobov in their December 17 showdown. Last year, on December 22, the Hit Man bested Korobov by way of unanimous decision. That fight too was staged in the Barclay’s Center. Provided that he is victorious and looks impressive, Eubank is confident that he can make a fight with Charlo by the end of 2020.
“I saw the fight [Charlo v Korobov], I thought he [Korobov] won the fight. I’m not taking the dude lightly, he’s a very experienced, hardened veteran in the game. I’m coming out here to make a statement.” ~Chris Eubank Jr
By: Bakari Simpson