Exclusive: Eubank Jr. blasts ‘first choice’ DeGale, promises to be too much for Abraham

Joe Hewlett 16/06/2017

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Chris Eubank Jr set to make his maiden defence of the IBO super-middleweight world title against Arthur Abraham on July 15.

The bout will take place at the Wembley Arena and the 27-year-old has recently just returned to the UK after promoting the fight in Germany.

Eubank admits it was a rather dull affair.

“I went over there to get a bit of hype to surround the fight in Germany and to be honest, it was pretty boring,” Eubank Jr. exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Being in a press-conference with a guy who doesn’t speak any English made it boring because you can’t talk to the guy, you can’t banter with him. If you want to try and spark up a bit of hype and excitement then you can’t do it because he’s got someone next to him translating everything he’s saying and it doesn’t gel right so I had to just go through the motions.”

The face of ITV Boxing has insisted that James DeGale was his first choice of opponent but will settle for former two-weight world champion in Abraham before targeting huge domestic showdowns.

“Everybody knows I wanted DeGale, that was the fight we wanted but he doesn’t want it, it’s as simple as that. Arthur Abraham is a true warrior and fights anybody and everybody so it was a natural progression after we realised we couldn’t get DeGale. He’s highly ranked so it makes sense.

I asked Jr, ‘How do you beat Abraham?’

He replied in vintage Eubank fashion:

“The question isn’t how I beat him, it’s how he beats me. And the answer is, he doesn’t. There’s no way I can lose this fight, I’m too hungry, too young, too fast, too strong – it’s my time. He’s had his time and now it’s mine – He’s had a great career but what I’m going to bring on the night is just going to be too much for him.

“Boxing’s a 24-hour job, it’s a lifestyle not a sport, you gotta live it and that’s what I do. Anybody who follows me on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, they know I live it,” he added.

Look out for more from the exclusive interview with Chris Eubank Jr. on WBN soon.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95