A massive UK grudge match takes place on Saturday night as James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr. battle it out for the IBO Super-middleweight belt in a must-win clash.
The two Brits come into the contest knowing their future PPV careers are on the line when they collide at The O2 in London.
With both suffering a loss over the past few years, they can ill-afford another reverse if they harbor further hopes of huge TV events.
James DeGale – WWLDWW
September 2018 – Fidel Munoz (W) KO3
April 2018 – Caleb Truax (W) UD12
December 2017 – Caleb Truax (L) MD12
January 2017 – Badou Jack (D) MD12
April 2016 – Rogelio Medina (W) UD12
November 2015 -Lucian Bute (W) UD12
Chris Eubank Jr. – WLWWWW
September 2018 – JJ McDonagh (W) RTD3
February 2018 – George Groves (L) UD12
October 2017 – Avni Yildirim (W) KO3
July 2017 – Arthur Abraham (W) UD12
February 2017 – Renold Quinlan (W) TKO10
June 2016 – Tom Doran (W) TKO4
On current form, and the Groves defeat aside, Eubank Jr. is the slight favorite with the bookmakers. Being younger and fresher could make all the difference in a fight which is expected to be a war.
DeGale’s battles with Calen Truax and Badou Jack of late have taken their toll on his body and could also have a mentally draining effect once they hit the trenches in the mid-rounds.
There’s no doubting the better pedigree and skill-set lies with DeGale. Whilst power and raw strength are with Eubank, who is growing further into the weight with every fight.
It all comes down to how much DeGale has left. If he’s 80 percent of what he was at his peak, he should be able to see out a points win over Eubank. Anything below that figure and it could be another long, hard slog for ‘Chunky’ down the stretch.
Eubank can be unforgiving and relentless. The Brighton man may well have enough in his locker to wear down DeGale late in the fight.
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