Jr has finally done something his dad never did. Junior finally has something to hang on his wall that his legendary dad never accomplished. Chris Eubanks Jr takes out Fighter Of The Week award. In a make or break fight for both fighters, Chris Eubank handed in perhaps the most outstanding performance of his career. Capturing a unanimous decision over former world champion James “Chunky” Degale In a week that featured major cards in both the UK and the US, Eubank Jr’s performance stands alone as the weeks best performance. Eubank Jr has been on a mission to rebuild his career after suffering a lopsided decision loss to George Grove in the second round of the WBSS a year ago. He took a major step forward in doing that on Saturday night at the O2 Arena.
The two British super middleweights exchanged plenty of harsh words in the build-up and going all the way back to a heated 2012 sparring session and it was Eubank who was able to back up the trash talk. At just 29-years-old Eubank has rejuvenated his career, made himself relevant again. Eubank earned the UD by bringing the fight to the former champ and dropping him twice once in the second round with a stinging left hook and dropped his opponent again in the 10th with another left hook from close-range. The legend’s son was also able to bully DeGale around the ring and outmuscle his opponent on the inside for most of the 12-round affair. In a fight that seemed to lack flow, DeGale never really got into a rhythm as Eubank was able to get past his jab and walk him down. The former champ boxed tentatively and was forced into holding onto Eubank as he was unable to maintain distance for much of the fight. Degale was never able to pose a serious threat and was unable to overcome the two knockdowns as all three judges saw that fight in favor of Eubank by scores of 114-112 115-112 117-109.
NextGen scored the biggest win of his career and finally has a world-class name on his resume. Combining this win with his name appeal and drawing power, Junior has worked himself back into the picture and is in position to get a lucrative title shot against any of the world champions at 168-pounds. Following the fight, the newly crowned IBO champ said “Now I’m going for all the other belts in the super-middleweight division. I knew he was going to use his boxing ability. I was working on my jab. He’s a very slick southpaw. The game plan worked, smart pressure. I didn’t get too much ahead of myself. I dominated pretty much every single every round. I believe I proved the doubters wrong tonight. They said I was going to get my head jabbed off. It was the most important fight of my career. He didn’t quit, man enough to stay in the ring”