Team GB have been quick to inform Chris Eubank Jr that he won’t be able to compete for the UK at Rio 2016 due to Anthony Fowler already being the qualified middleweight boxer.
Eubank, the current professional British champion, sounded out GB Boxing over the possibility of joining the 10-strong team on the plane to Brazil but the place is taken by the talented Liverpudlian.
In response to the TV interview in which father Chris Sr stated that Eubank Jr has applied to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games, a spokesperson for GB Boxing said:
“We can confirm that we have had enquiries from people claiming to represent Chris Eubank Jr. We explained that the qualification process for Rio 2016 has been going on for several months and that Great Britain has already qualified a boxer in the middleweight (75kg) category, Antony Fowler, and that he will represent Team GB in that weight class at the Olympic Games this summer.”
The only other option for Eubank would be to try and take the 69kg spot currently unoccupied, but that would mean boiling down to 152 pounds for a possible five fights in quick succession.
A qualifying tournament is being held for pros in Venezuela next month following AIBA’s unprecedented ruling to allow paid fighters to take part from this year.