Heavyweight great Lennox Lewis has given his first piece of advice to Chris Eubank Jr. after signing up as an analyst for the Briton’s forthcoming Pay-Per-View debut on ITV Box Office.
Prior to the build-up, Eubank Jr. announced his intention to undergo camp without a recognized figurehead working on his gameplan for the fight, which takes place in London against Aussie IBO belt holder Renold Quinlan on February 4.
“As for the trainer aspects, you always need somebody to be able to tell you where you’re doing something wrong or where there are openings to get to your opponent that you’re not taking advantage of,” Lewis told ITV Box Office.
“A trainer can see little things, as an extra set of eyes, that you may not be able to see yourself in the heat of battle. Emanuel Steward wasn’t my cheerleader or motivational support. He taught me strategy, he pointed out and corrected bad habits. We dissected our opponents’ styles, strengths and weaknesses and worked a plan to beat them.
“I think Chris is making a mistake in that regard to reduce a trainer down to someone who is just pushing him to be fit. A good trainer is so much more than that, and can make a big difference between adding a win to your record or suffering a loss, so this will be interesting to see how he makes any needed adjustments during the fight.”
Lewis joins pound for pound king Andre Ward on the commentary team for ITV’s maiden foray into the paid market, on a bill that also includes UK stars David Price, Andrew Selby, Kid Galahad and a match-up between Adam Etches and John Ryder.
For details on how to view the fight, go to www.itvboxoffice.co.uk