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Sep
2019

No truth in Chris Eubank Jr. v Martin Murray rumors, Callum Smith offer

World Boxing News 06/04/2019
Chris Eubank Jr. Canelo

📸 Lawrence Lustig

World Boxing News has received information to clarify reports of a deal between Chris Eubank Jr. and Martin Murray being completely false.

Internet rumors began on Friday stating Eubank and Murray had agreed a deal to face each other on ITV Box Office over the summer.

WBN can now reveal these stories are one hundred percent untrue.

A further whisper that Eubank Jr. turned down a big money offer from Callum Smith for Anthony Joshua undercard has also been rubbished.

Eubank is currently considering his options for what will be a high-profile return to action in the coming months.

The fact that Murray lost his last fight against Hassan N’Dam in December should have really been a tell-tale sign in any case once social media exploded.

Murray expressed his interest in facing Eubank Jr. last year, and despite knowing nothing about the reported negotiations, the St. Helens man was once again up for the challenge.

Sadly for Murray, WBN can confirm the former world title challenger is not being considered for Eubank Jr. next.

A disappointing and surprising loss for Murray against Frenchman N’Dam led to the inevitable retirement guessing game after the battle. But recently, Murray has confirmed he will make a comeback to the sport soon.

In contrast, Eubank is bidding to capitalize on a superb victory over James DeGale in February. The triumph represented a career-best result for the Brighton man.

VASQUEZ

Fighting under Nate Vasquez for the first time, Eubank was in great form on the night at The O2.

It’s now been revealed by Vasquez that Eubank has potentially moved on to trainer Virgil Hunter despite their success.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Vasquez was at a loss to explain why their partnership looks set to end after just one fight.

“I don’t think Chris Jr will do a training camp in California without any of his people there. And I don’t think Virgil Hunter will leave California.

“Chris wants to be a boxer but he needs a lot of work on his footwork. His style isn’t meant to be a boxer like Roy Jones Jr or Andre Ward.

“Some styles can’t change and, if he changed, it wouldn’t suit him.

“My main purpose was to work on his defence, his jab and to get him to throw combos. You don’t want to change anybody too much.

“Chris is a pressure fighter and if you change him into a boxer it won’t go well for him,” said Vasquez.

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