Eubank Jr. discusses ’embarrasing’ DeGale, three-man hitlist

Mark Robinson

Ahead of his IBO super-middleweight title clash on Saturday week, talented Chris Eubank Jr. is pulling no punches regarding his future targets.

The 27 year-old, who battles Renold Quinlan on February 4 live on ITV Box Office, has singled out IBF champion James DeGale as his number one adversary.

“DeGale is seen as one of the best, if not the best super middleweight in the world, and I think that’s embarrassing in my opinion. As everybody saw the other night, the guy is just easy to hit,” Eubank Jr. told The Independent.

“He comes out after a 12-round fight and he’s got no teeth – that’s embarrassing in my opinion. You’re a world champion and you have no defense.”

Others on the hitlist include former opponent Billy Joe Saunders and Gennady Golovkin as Eubank Jr. aims to make a statement at either 160 or 168.

“Those are the three on I want, but I know boxing is a fickle sport so I’m going to take whatever I can get. You can’t plan a route like that and you just have to deal with things as and when they come.

“As I said, those are the three guys I would like, but I know there are no guarantees. I’ll be ready for anything and that all starts with February 4 and beating Quinlan.”

Little-known Quinlan, 27, has been quiet in the build-up as the Aussie focuses on causing an upset, just four months after defeating Daniel Geale to claim the vacant IBO belt.

Quinlan v Eubank Jr. is live on ITV Box Office. Click here for details