Why The DeGale Fight Is Make Or Break For Chris Eubank Jr
Chris Eubank Jr. is a great boxer with great potential but has the footwork of a table leg. It’s awful. I like Eubank but it seems like every time he gets faced with a big challenge, he fails at the final hurdle which isn’t a good thing for a boxer to have as one of his traits. I feel like Eubank really hasn’t cemented himself yet as he hasn’t won ‘that’ fight yet and as he’s 30 this year, it’s worrying to me that he won’t reach his potential due to stupid things like his footwork but he’s got an upcoming fight which is make or break for Eubank and this is why.
Chris Eubank’s first true test was against fellow British middleweight boxer; Billy Joe Saunders and the big stage got to Eubank and he cracked under pressure basically hand feeding Saunders the first 6 rounds while he won the last rounds. Saunders took the W with a split decision and Eubanks carried on. He then went on to the semi finals of the World Boxing Super Series and fought George Grooves which he’d lose to Grooves by decision. This is a big fight for Eubanks on a big stage and if he loses then his career is over as James DeGale is exiting boxing at the age of 33 and is ready to hang up the gloves and if he loses to him then the interest in Eubanks will fall further than it already has.
This man needs to prove that he can hang with the big name boxers (Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, BJ Saunders etc.) and is more than a guy who can beat JJ McDonagh in Saudi Arabia. He had the tools to beat George Grooves but didn’t, this time he’s training with Nate Vasquez who said to Eubank that “his defence is s**t” but is something that they will work on. He said that his footwork is terrible and again, he’s not wrong. With the addition of a trainer, surely Chris Eubank will win this fight because as far as Eubank is concerned, there’s a lot more than the IBO super middleweight title on the line on February 23rd.