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Froch: Eubank Jr. should be a middleweight, could rectify Saunders loss

World Boxing News 06/03/2019

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Ex-super-middleweight ruler Carl Froch made an appearance on Love Sport Radio recently to talk about the future of Chris Eubank Jr.

Froch ran the rule over which direction Eubank Jr. could go following his victory over James DeGale at the O2 Arena.

Eubank dominated a dejected DeGale to claim the IBO super-middleweight title via a unanimous points decision.

On where Eubank could now go, Froch believes a move back down to avenge his first loss could be the order of the day.

“I’m a massive fan of Chris. I’m a fan of his dad and Junior helped me with sparring before the George Groves rematch,” explained Froch during an appearance on Love Sport Radio. “I like the way he comes into the gym. He’s confident, he’s classy and he’s got a lot of respect.

“People can get the wrong impression of his persona. And the way he carries himself. He’s a very polite, classy guy. He means well and he works hard. He puts everything into the sport.

“That win against DeGale, even though he was past his best and not quite what he used to be, that actually makes him a harder fight because he’s in survival mode. When they’re in that mode, they’re just jabbing and grabbing and leaning in. When they do that and they’ve got a bit of skill – as he has as an Olympic and world champion – they’re hard to beat.

“DeGale was trying to nick the fight and it was a coming of age fight for him. Chris manhandled him in the end. He had a nice jab. He was putting combinations together, backing up DeGale and walking through shots to get his off.

“When he picked him up and shoved him on the floor, rough-housed him and gave him the spinebuster, I thought that was great because it said to him ‘I’ve had enough of your tactics. I’m here to win this fight’.

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“I’m proud of Eubank Jr, he did really well. Can he do anything at super-middleweight? I don’t think so. Callum Smith is too big and too good for him.

“He needs to stay at middleweight. He should look for the Billy Joe Saunders fight because that’s a loss on his record he could potentially rectify. But Saunders is a great fighter.”


LOSS

Saunders beat Eubank in a tale of two halves back in 2013. Eubank racked up the points in the first few rounds before losing out in the second six sessions.

Taking his foot off the gas, Eubank was edged out by Saunders. This subsequently lead to constant speculation a rematch could be forthcoming.

Saying that, Eubank Jr. is currently signed to Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions. The Brighton man has two major options on the table due to this situation.

Caleb Plant and Andre Dirrell both picked up versions of the world title recently. This means Eubank has huge unification open to him for another ITV Box Office event.

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