Super-middleweight star Chris Eubank Jr. is ready to go all out in order to book his place in the World Boxing Super Series semi-finals on October 7 in Stuttgart.
The 27 year-old, who currently holds the IBO championship, faces undefeated German-based Turk Avni Yildirim in the maiden stage of the inaugural tournament in a bid to set-up a massive all-UK encounter with George Groves or Jamie Cox.
Eubank Jr. has spent the vast majority of his career fighting on home soil but makes the transition to further Eastern Europe in what could turn out to be the most important fight of the Brighton man’s career to date.
“The Muhammad Ali Trophy is a great idea and I am thrilled to be a part of the World Boxing Super Series,” said Eubank Jr.
“I don’t mind about fighting in Germany. I honestly don’t mind where I fight. I could be fighting in a phone box. It really doesn’t matter to me as long as I get the win that’s all I care about.”
On facing Yildirim, who is 16-0 with 10 KO’s, Eubank added: “Yildirim’s chin hasn’t been tested, I will test it to the absolute limit and if it has even the slightest bit of weakness he won’t last six rounds.”
Yildirim was picked out by Eubank’s father Chris Sr. from a choice of American Robert Brand and his eventual selection, something which had raised a few eyebrows at the WBSS Draft Draw event in Monte Carlo last month.
Many see Yildirim as a tougher test than Brant, although Senior was happy with his eventual decision on the night and has full belief his son can have his hand raised in all three contests and walk away with of a trio of world titles.
WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES FIXTURES
09/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck (WBO World)
Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
16/09/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
Callum Smith vs. Erik Skoglund (WBC Diamond)
Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom
23/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Yunier Dorticos vs. Dmitry Kudryashov (WBA World)
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
30/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Mairis Briedis vs. Mike Perez (WBC World)
Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia
07/10/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Avni Yildirim (IBO World)
Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, Germany
14/10/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
George Groves vs. Jamie Cox (WBA Super)
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
TO BE CONFIRMED
Murat Gassiev vs. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (IBF World)
Super Middleweight Quarter-Finals:
Juergen Braehmer vs. Rob Brant
WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES AT A GLANCE
Number of participants: 16
Number of belts: 7
Number of world champions: 6
Number of former world champions: 3
Number of undefeated fighters: 9
Combined Record of participants: 423 wins, 17 losses, 294 KOs