Avni Ylidirim gives Chris Eubank Jr. a reality check: You’re not Floyd Mayweather!
Turkish super-middleweight star Avni Yildirim has warned Chris Eubank Jr. not to get too involved in the lifestyle accustomed to Floyd Mayweather after the Briton recently spent time in the former pound for pound king’s training camp.
Eubank Jr. was at Mayweather’s Gym in Las Vegas during the build-up to the Conor McGregor fight and in the aftermath was filmed being trained by Mayweather’s father Floyd Sr. in impressive pad work clips.
Yildirim, who faces Eubank Jr. on October 7 in Stuttgart for a place in the World Boxing Super Series semi-finals, is un-flinching when it comes to the IBO title holder’s training methods and is hopeful the Brighton man meets him for a tear-up in the center of the ring.
“What is Chris going to learn (spending time) there, apart from hide-and-seek? I like Mayweather, he is a special guy. But Eubank is not Mayweather,” said Yildirim.
“Seriously, what is he going to learn from a welterweight, to run away for 12 rounds? The fans want a fight, I want a fight! If he is man enough, me versus Chris will be a good fight.”
On securing home comforts in his adopted Germany, the undefeated Yildirim added: “I am very happy that the fight is in Stuttgart because for me it is like a second Turkey.
“Training is going great, I know what I have to do. I have been training really hard already, I am fully focused on this. Chris should be too,” he said.
The winner of the bout will be up against the eventual victor of the all-UK quarter-final between George Groves and Jamie Cox, with Eubank starting as favorite to book a two-belt unification with whomever is the WBA ruler come October 14.
WBSS super-middleweight fixtures:
Callum Smith beat Erik Skoglund (WBC Diamond) UD
Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Avni Yildirim (IBO World)
Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, Germany
George Groves vs. Jamie Cox (WBA Super)
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Juergen Braehmer vs. Rob Brant
Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany