James DeGale is very much at the top of Chris Eubank Junior’s 2017 hitlist, alongside match-up against Gennady Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders.
Jr. has admitted there’s no love lost when it comes to DeGale, who fights Badou Jack this weekend, and has explained how the bad blood between the pair began.
“It all began after sparring with him in the gym. I was beating him up round after round and he didn’t like it,” Eubank Jr. exclusively told World Boxing News.
“After we finished sparring, he told me and my Dad to get out of the gym. He was shouting his mouth off and was very rude towards us because of what happened during our sparring.
“He’s just not a very likeable guy and I would love to fight him later this year so I could give him the same sort of beating again in front of the publics eyes.
“It seems to be the fight people want to see the most so let’s do it.”
But Eubank Jr also stated his willingness to go back down to middleweight after his clash with Ronald Quinlan on February – if there was a world title involved.
“I want to fight everyone so as long as there is a world title on the line then, of course, I will fight at middleweight.
“There’s unfinished business between me and Billy Joe Saunders and the rematch has to happen eventually. He can only run and hide for so long. It’s just a matter of time before we fight and this time I will make sure I win.
Once his own fight is done and dusted, Junior has admitted he will be watching Golovkin v Jacobs in March and is keeping a close eye on the fight.
“You have to respect both fighters, they are both world champions and it’s a unification fight,” said Eubank Jr.
“I didn’t get the fight with GGG but that’s one that will happen sooner and later. He’s very strong but if you take away his punching power then what does he have?
“He’s quite slow in my opinion and takes a lot of shots. With the power and speed, I’ve got, he won’t be able to cope with me. I don’t fear him.”
Joe Hewlett is a staff writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @Hewlett95