Chris Eubank blasted for revealing son wants to box at Rio Olympics during Muhammad Ali tribute

Chris Eubank Jr

During a much-talked about appearance on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, former world champion Chris Eubank stated that his son Chris Jr. will be applying to box at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Eubank, alongside another UK great in Frank Bruno, was asked to appear on the show to talk about the recent passing of Muhammad Ali but was blasted for talking about his British title-holding offspring.

Junior reigns as the top middleweight in Great Britain right now following a punishing victory over Nick Blackwell and is scheduled to face Tom Doran on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s next heavyweight championship defence on June 26.

Once that fight is done and dusted, Eubank Sr. says the 26 year-old would like to take part in this summer’s games in Brazil.

When initially discussing the pedigree of Ali, who won gold in 1960, Eubank quickly switched to his Junior by saying, “Just talking about the Olympics as professionals are allowed to compete, I think it’s a fabulous idea, and I think Chris Eubank Jr. will actually be going to that. I say that because we want to represent our country.”

With host Piers Morgan looking slightly bemused, Eubank then changed the subject back to Ali.

The self-promotion whilst attention was supposed to be on Ali’s death was roundly criticised on social media in the aftermath, whilst it’s also debatable whether the revelation could even come to fruition.

A Team GB spokesman told WBN that it would be unlikely that any professional boxers would be taken to Rio, although Eubank does have the opportunity to qualify at an event in Venezuela next month but only at welterweight (152lbs).

Anthony Fowler is currently the qualified middleweight for Rio and only two places are available at lower weights.