Alan Dawson – London
Chris Eubank Jr extended his undefeated professional streak to five as he easily dispatched of Terry Carruthers on Saturday, July 7 at the Hand Arena in Clevedon, Somerset. Eubank Jr excelled in all areas where it counted… ring movement, IQ, speed and his ability to throw combinations with precision. Carruthers, though, displayed good durability and did well to hear the final bell…
Official verdict: Eubank Jr wins referee’s decision.
With his trademark aesthetically-pleasing boxing style, Eubank Jr – a chip off the old block – uppercut to perfection, threw acute body shots that caused grimacing damage and jabbed well to the braincase and the body before returning to his stool composed and as if he was enjoying a sparring session as opposed to a six round task against a journeyman with a level win/loss record.
With a swift pace, fast fists and forward steps, Eubank Jr (5-0-0, 2ko) worked his punch combinations excellently in the second round and opened up a ghastly cut on Carruthers’ face. Not only was his flurrying on point, but his uppercut continued to prove a reliable and accurate weapon. Carruthers (11-12-6, 1ko), though, was by no means a punching bag and did manage to slip and duck under some of Eubank Jr’s shots, however, the sheer precision from his opponent meant he could not block all the work and found difficulty preventing punches coming through to his body.
“I’m shocked, stunned and amazed… Carruthers is tough, bleeding,” Chris Eubank Sr, sat ringside, said to Channel 5 midway through the fight. “Christopher has his work cut out. This is the best fight I’ve seen for a few months! I’d like to hear what Al Bernstein is saying! It’s magnificent.”
Such an appraisal may have looked favourably on Carruthers as, while he was a game fighter, he was a number of levels below Eubank Sr’s son and, like he had in the preceding rounds, he targeted Carruthers’ body in the fourth round, lost the jabbing battle and could not match his combination work.
Heading into the fifth, Eubank Jr still had the complexion of a fighter entering the first session… his mouth was closed and he was breathing easily – both signs that his condition was sterling. The same, perhaps, could not be said of Carruthers as the sheer volume of shots peppered around his abdomen and ribs took their toll and his energy levels were not as high as they were earlier in the bout.
Finishing the six rounder strong, Eubank Jr looked for the stoppage, landing big shots to the head and body but Carruthers too refused to slouch from action and landed his own heavy shots. Winning a referee’s decision and receiving a standing ovation, Eubank Jr will have only added to his fanbase as, like main attraction in Somerset; Tyson Fury, he excelled in one more city stop on his boxing tour of Britain.