Exclusive: Eubank Jr discusses Blackwell, title shot, US / 168 move
UK middleweight force Chris Eubank Jr typically had no doubts about what will happen to Nick Blackwell when the pair meet for the British title on March 26 in London.
The 26 year-old spoke to WBN in a recent interview ahead of his clash with current Lonsdale Belt holder Blackwell at Wembley Arena and a potential world title fight in late 2016.
“I aim to knockout, stop, punish every single one of my opponents and Nick Blackwell is no different,” Eubank Jr exclusively told World Boxing News.
“People can expect the same as always from me. I’m going to go in there and put on a show, throwing devastating combinations and I’m going to take this kid out early.”
Eubank Jr has lost just once in 22 bouts, a close split decision to Billy Joe Saunders in November 2014, and harbours hopes of being able to avenge his reserve in a possible unification clash a some point in the future.
The Brighton man is currently recognised at the WBA’s number one contender and is in line to face either ‘regular’ champion Danny Jacobs or ‘super’ champion Gennady Golovkin in the coming months.
On whether a trip to the US is on the cards to battle one of the WBA belt holder’s this year, Eubank answered: “If the opportunity arises for me to share the ring with either of those guys then 100%,” he said.
“Fighting the US doesn’t faze me as that’s where I learned my craft. I learned how to box in Las Vegas and I’m quite okay with being out of my comfort zone as far as travelling and being in a foreign country. It makes no difference to me where I fight.”
And would fighting in America long term be a possibility for Eubank?
“I wouldn’t say that’s true. If the British public are interested in a fight, then you can have just as a big, if not bigger fights over here in England. The undercard I fought on with Anthony Joshua against Spike O’Sullivan was a huge event and I believe there are similar fights out there.
“Of course, the Billy Joe Saunders rematch would sell out most stadiums in England, so there are definitely huge potential fights out there, even at super-middleweight with James DeGale or George Groves.
“But saying that, I don’t mind going over to foreign countries to fight if it’s the right thing to do.”
Like his famous two-weight world title winning father before him, a move up to 168 has always been the plan – eventually, but could come sooner rather than later if the right offer comes Eubank’s way.
“Right now I’m concentrating on the middleweight division, but at some point I will move up to super-middleweight. That’s just natural.
“If it’s possible for me to fight at super-middleweight whilst still in contention at middleweight then I’ll do that,” added the former interim WBA champion.