British middleweight Chris Eubank Jr is confident that his can put his recent loss to Billy Joe Saunders behind him when the middleweight fights Dmitry Chudinov for the interim WBA title on February 28.
The 25 year-old, who jumps straight back in at the deep end against the dangerous and undefeated Russian at the O2 Arena in London, says his split decision defeat to Saunders is now out of his system despite being unable to secure a return with the European champion.
“I should have pressed (Saunders) earlier and started the fight how I ended it, but I’ve learnt a lot,” said Eubank at Wednesday’s press conference. “Saunders was my first big test so I hung back to make sure I lasted the twelve rounds and I have put this lesson into my training.”
Continuing on regarding his chances of another meeting with Saunders, Eubank added: “I respect Saunders as a fighter not as a person. There’s nothing I’d like more than a rematch, but he won’t do it.”
Eubank was as single-minded as ever when addressing the media about his chances of moving within one step of a full world title fight and has no doubts that he can take Chudinov’s belt on the Tyson Fury v Christian Hammer undercard.
“I’ll be too much for Chudinov,” he predicted. “This guy is not a slick southpaw like Saunders and he won’t last if he goes toe-to-toe.
“Chudinov is built for me, I’m comfortable with orthodox fighters and I’m looking forward to the challenge. There are many fighters who have suffered losses at my stage in their career, but my comeback is on.”