Chris Eubank Jr not only won a ticket into the World Boxing Super Series, he also won over those in attendance with questionable doubts over his attributes.
The 27-year-old retained his IBO world championship with a dominant display as the judges’ scorecards reflected with 118-110 (twice), 120-108 on the cards.
The first round consisted of both fighters using their jabs and testing the water before Eubank went into overdrive up until round six.
Moving around like a wounded animal, Eubank had the crowd in the palm of his hands as he unleashed four devastating right uppercuts in a row to send Abraham into the ropes.
Eubank had vowed to make a statement pre-fight and certainly did with his performance.
This was certainly not an Abraham of old, who doesn’t possess the fundamentals to challenge at such level, but it was a far bigger step up to his previous fight against Australian Renold Quinlan.
During the second half on the fight, Jr dazzled fans. From stooping low to having the cheek to turn his back on a former two-weight world champion, his father, ‘English’ would have expressed his delight in what was an impressive victory.
The only thing that would have frustrated Eubank was that it ended up going to the judges’ scorecards. He was obsessed in recording a KO to send out his intentions to WBA ‘super’ world champion George Groves who was sitting at ringside.
Eubank extends his record to 25-1 with undefeated Turkish contender Anvi Yildrim set to be his next opponent.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95