EXCLUSIVE Chris Eubank Jr. defends Floyd Mayweather over UFC choice
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have finally confirmed their super-fight will take place on August 26.
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have finally confirmed their super-fight will take place on August 26. The two superstars of boxing and UFC will meet in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena with Box-Office records set to crumble.
Despite attracting negative attention from the boxing community, Chris Eubank Jr. has insisted it is great for boxing.
“What’s Mayweather’s nickname? It’s Money. You can’t be mad at a guy who is known as fighting for money to take this money fight, ever! You can’t be mad at that,” Eubank Jr. exclusively told World Boxing News.
“There is only a handful of people who make this sort of money. You’ve got the old-school boxing fraternity who don’t believe McGregor deserves to be fighting Floyd Mayweather, and they’ll say that Floyd is disrespecting the sport by fighting somebody who hasn’t had any professional fights in boxing. Still, you know, he is the champion in UFC.
“It isn’t like they are grabbing some guy off the street, this is the guy who is a proven champion in his combat, a sport of MMA, and he excels in striking. Yes, that includes kicks and elbows, which will be taken away from him, but the guy can punch. He’s a trained fighter who knows how to defend himself and knows how to fight.”
However, the IBO champion is convinced, like many, that the fight will go only one way.
“In my opinion, it’s a huge mismatch in terms of skill level. I don’t think Connor will be able to rattle Floyd as he is defensively too good and will be unable to hit him long,” he said,
“I don’t know if Floyd will knock him out as it’s been a while since he has knocked somebody out. But I think it’ll be a clear points victory for Floyd.
“That’s what I’d say if I had to make money on it.
“The sport of boxing is the reason everybody loves it. Anything can happen. You never truly know, so we’ll see.”
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One thing for certain is that Eubank Jr will be attending the fight. He was present for the long-awaited blockbuster between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao and expected the upcoming clash to be just as good in terms of atmosphere and entertainment.
“I will be ringside, that’s for sure. I was there for the Mayweather v Pacquiao fight. I’ve been to a lot of fights, but that one was incredible.
“In terms of atmosphere wise, it was one of the best events I’ve ever been to. The whole of Hollywood was there. It was crazy.
“I believe that this is going to be the same, if not even better,” added Eubank.