Saturday evening saw Chris Eubank Jr overcome the valiant effort of two-time world champion James DeGale to claim the IBO World Super Middleweight title for the second time.
Eubank Jr outworked DeGale throughout. He sent the former British, European and World Champion to the canvas on two occasions
Eventually, Eubank Jr recorded a unanimous decision victory at London’s O2 Arena.
In the wake of the contest, Eubank Jr opened up about his victory and his plans going forward.
The Brighton man said: “I did what I had to do to get the victory on the night and I am very happy with my performance.
“I have a new found respect for James DeGale after getting up from those shots I put him down with. I have knocked guys out cold with those shots. So I have a lot of respect for DeGale.”
He added: “My next 3 fights will be with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions. We have a great relationship with PBC so there will be some big things coming in the future.
“I want to unify the division. Anybody who has a belt I would like to fight. That is my immediate goal.
“I want to unify the Super Middleweight division, or fight for the World Middleweight title.”
IBO President Ed Levine witnessed the drama unfold at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday evening. Afterward, he gave his take on the night’s proceedings.
Levine stated: “Eubank Jr vs DeGale was a great fight on paper. It was a great victory for Eubank Jr on the night.
“Eubank Jr was made to work hard for the win against a great fighter in James DeGale. I have the utmost respect for the fighters as they are both warriors.”
Levine continued by discussing his hopes for Eubank Jr going forward: “Eubank Jr is a great fighter. We are proud to have him as our Super Middleweight Champion.
“I am very much looking forward to seeing Chris defend his world title in some more entertaining fights. Possibly even unification fights down the line.
“He is an all action fighter. Those are the type of fighters boxing fans want to see as World Champion.”