Chris Eubank Sr. takes a conspicuous step away from son’s boxing career
Chris Eubank Sr. seems to have taken heed of the message somewhere down the line as the former fighter has been a distant figure from his son’s career.
As Chris Jr. prepares to face James DeGale on Saturday week in a make-or-break clash at London’s O2, Senior is no longer a shadow over the former IBO champion.
Headlining on ITV Box Office again, Eubank Jr. bids to win back his old belt with a victory over DeGale.
A two-time IBF ruler, DeGale is another stern test for Eubank following a defeat to George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series.
With new trainer Nate Vasquez in tow, Eubank Jr. has seemingly made the long-awaited and correct move away from his domineering father.
For years, Senior was the driving force behind his offspring. He was consistently in the background, whether it was dancing on stage at the weigh-in or answering his son’s questions for him.
In contrast, it seems Junior now wants to be in control.
Speaking recently, Eubank said his problem against Groves was a lack of a game plan. Accompanied by the distinct absence of a head trainer.
Those faults have since been amended, although dad Chris taking a considerably lighter role in camp is the most noticeable.
It’s not really a question of whether the move will be good for Junior moving forward. That will be a given because the eccentrics his father brought to the table often took any shine off the 29 year-old.
During the build-up to the DeGale fight, it’s been apparent Chris Jr. has matured. The Brighton man answers pre-fight ponderings with new-found confidence, which solidarity in training has given him.
Junior certainly seems to be his own man. And whether that makes a difference or not will be revealed on February 23rd.
DeGale could well be a decent scalp in the offing for Eubank. This opportunity presents itself as many thought Groves was there for the taking a year ago.
Eubank didn’t have the tools to take advantage of an aged ‘Saint’ as Callum Smith did. Consequently, the Liverpudlian could take out Groves and end his career on the back of a long hard slog in the sport.
Moving forward, and dependent on how the relationship with Vasquez develops, we could see a brand new Eubank Jr.
Potentially one who is ready to conquer the world.