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Fowler reacts to Eubank Jr: I earned my seat, I’m 100% going to Rio!

Phil Jay 07/06/2016

Team GB middleweight qualifier Anthony Fowler has reacted following an attempt by Chris Eubank Jr. to sound out the BOA regarding a place on the Olympic squad.

Eubank’s father Chris Sr. went on national TV to talk about the passing of Muhammad Ali and used the opportunity to inform all watching that Junior wanted to fight for Great Britain at Rio 2016.

An official request was then sent to the selection board, although Eubank Jr. was told in no uncertain terms that Fowler was their main man at 75kg after securing his qualification in Turkey last April.

Fowler, who is part of an already ten-strong squad heading to the August showpiece, made his feelings known surrounding the events via his social media on Tuesday night.

“Chris Eubank Jr. is a great fighter and I’m sure we will meet in the future as pros, but I’ve earned my seat on the Plane the hard way,” said Fowler.

“I had five brutal fights in seven days and ‪’Team Machine’‬ is 100% going to the ‎Rio Olympic Games in 2016‬.”

The only other option open to Eubank would be a place as the UK’s welterweight qualifier but that would mean shedding eight pounds from his usual limit and going through a specially organized process in Venezuela next month.

Should Eubank choose to follow up on his wish to compete, the 26 year-old can expect a busy summer as he already has a British middleweight title defence lined up for June 26 against Tom Doran.