Alan Dawson – London
Chris Eubank Jr extended his undefeated run as a professional on Saturday, December 1 at the Odyssey Arena with a referee’s decision verdict over a tough Bradley Pryce. Eubank Jr showed good reflexes, decent defence and fast hands. The Brighton-born technical boxer emerged unblemished from the fight and will likely stay busy by fighting again next week, at the Bonus Arena in Hull.
Official verdict: Eubank Jr by referee’s decision (80-73).
“I’m the real deal,” Eubank Jr asserted to Channel 5. “Sure I can look for the knockout… the haymakers. But I want to learn and just get rounds under my belt.”
Chris Eubank Jr has not been mollycoddled as a professional. No. Since abandoning the headgear and fighting for pay, Eubank Jr went skipped four round fights and straight into six round tests. Against cage fighters. Against undefeated Scotsmen. Against durable journeymen and now, this weekend in Northern Ireland, against a domestic-level name with 33 victories recorded on his ledger.
In a similar fashion as to how he approached the aforementioned tasks, Eubank Jr – with Ronnie Davis in his corner – went about his business calmly in the opening stanza. The 23-year-old, easily one of Britain’s most famous prospects (undeniably because of his famous father, but also because of his skill-set), used his athleticism to deny Pryce passage to his flesh while pumping out single-fire artillery.
Eubank Jr double-jabbed well in the second round. He used canny movement in order to keep Pryce off of him and, in between motioning around the ring, landed a left glove on his chin. To vary his jabbing attack, Eubank Jr added uppercuts and straight rights, however, his two and three punch combinations were seldom used, despite their fast and ferocious success.
With the knowledge that he needed to up his output in order to win rounds, Pryce looked to slip the jab and counter in the third, however, Eubank Jr responded well and began to flurry with increased regularity. For the majority of the round, though, Eubank Jr’s pace slowed and thus allowed Pryce to bang his way into contention for points. If Pryce tied the third, he surely had a shout for the fourth as he staggered Eubank Jr with his punch of the night and wisely focused attention to his enemy’s body.
Eubank Jr reasserted his authority in round five and, in the sixth, had enough swag to showboat. In the seventh stanza, Eubank Jr posed in a variety of styles. With a left arm guarding his body he had clearly been inspired by Floyd Mayweather Jr’s defence system. And, in a slow-motion style stalk attack, he may have been watching a documentary where a shoulder-hunched tiger was ready to attack.
The boy clearly is a fine technician… especially for a fighter in just his eighth fight, yet there is still room for improvement when it comes to a: his power and b: his vulnerability in defending his body (he seemed to leak more shots to the midsection than he did the mush). His cockiness, while entertaining…maybe polarising… also got the better of him in the climactic round as, while he was goading and waving Pryce onto him, he ate a number of pounding punches.
“I saw progression,” said Chris Eubank Sr. “Absolutely! He is schooling them [sparring partners] in the gymnasium. He really is.”
The margin of the referee’s decision was generous to Eubank Jr but the actual result was just.
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.
Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
A veteran gatekeeper to contender status, 38-year-old heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (36-7-0, 26ko) is the next in line for Tyson Fury, 24, as the British/Irish big man looks to notch another win on his record as he makes a case to challenge for one of the major titles in boxing’s no-limit weight class. Maddalone, who takes on Fury at Clevedon’s Hand Arena in Somerset on July 7, is promising excitement as he aims on making new fans…
“I’m Looking forward to fighting in England,” said Maddalone, who commands a 42-fight experience but has fallen short in his biggest tests against Brian Minto (by knockout, twice), Evander Holyfield (by third round technical knockout), Denis Boytsov (eight round decision), Jean Marc Mormeck (eight round decision) and Tomasz Adamek (fifth round TKO).
He continued: “The Brits may be rooting for him in the beginning but I guarantee they will be cheering for me by the end of the night. I promise to give everything I’ve got [and] the Brits are going to experience one hell of a fight [as] I plan on making lots of new fans.
“I respect Tyson Fury… hats off because he shows lots of balls. I’m really happy for this opportunity. Two guys with balls will make for a great fight.”
Undoubtedly Fury’s toughest opponent to date was his British and Commonwealth title showdown against Dereck Chisora, yet his subsequent match-ups are perceived to have stagnated when it comes to calibre. While Maddalone is not regarded to provide a significant step-up from Nicolai Firtha, Neven Pajkic and Martin Rogan (all of whom Fury stopped), Vinny is renowned for his edge-of-the-seat style.
Boxing News writer Jack Hirsch even lauded the Queens native by remarking: “Perhaps the pound-for-pound lists have it all wrong. Instead of rating the best fighters, maybe the public would be better served if they listed the most exciting [and] Vinny Maddalone would top that heap.”
Fury (18-0-0, 13ko), currently training in Essen, Belgium, commented: “He’s a good opponent, a real tough guy who leaves nothing in the changing room and certainly comes to fight!”
As has been tradition with a Fury fight, the undercard will feature middleweight phenom Chris Eubank Jr, who makes his fifth outing as a professional. British champion Lee Haskins, meanwhile, challenges Stuart Hall for the vacant European bantamweight belt, Lenny Daws and Dean Mills get it on, Tyson’s cousin Phill Fury fights and Canadian welterweight ruler Samuel Vargas also makes an appearance.
Alan Dawson – London
Popular Brighton-based pugilistic novice Chris Eubank Jr defeated Harry Matthews in a six round middleweight duel at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield on Saturday, May 12. Showing his typical wide array of punches, Eubank Jr exercised useful straights and hooks yet did not have everything his own way as Matthews was a game fighter spurred on by local support…
Official verdict: Eubank via referee’s decision.
While promoter Mick Hennessy’s premier prizefighter Tyson Fury attracts criticism for the perceived ‘domestic level’ opposition he faces, there is little question that, as a four fight novice, Eubank Jr is continuously matched tough. Not only was he propelled into six rounders from his debut professional appearance onwards, but he has also lined up against a cage fighter, an undefeated Scotsman and, in Yorkshire this weekend, an experienced local with a sterling winning record.
A cerebral fighter, Eubank Jr collected the dominant score in the opening round but rounds two and three were both competitive. Eubank Jr was patient in his punch output but his seeming tentativeness allowed Matthews to pressure, however, it was Eubank Jr who timed his shots well and also showed he was the clean puncher.
“It seems to me like he is taking it easy, he is feeling out the terrain and I think this is going well for him,” said Chris Eubank Sr, a proud father and two-weight world champion in his own right, who was sitting ringside studying his son’s performance.
Eubank Sr was not worried about Matthews’ ability to hang with Eubank Jr and, when addressing Channel 5, indicated that his offspring was simply assessing his opponent’s strengths and weaknesses: “We are yet to see if [Matthews] is the toughest opponent to date. Chris is in learning mode, feeling him out so let’s see what happens.”
The two punches Eubank Jr was dispatching most successfully were the straight right hand followed by the left hook, yet, despite the two-punch flurrying, there was little sustained aggression so Matthews was able to box back, albeit with not as much success.
“It’s a good learning fight for Eubank Jr,” said Fury, when Eubank Jr – who fought with a hashtag of #teameubank on his trunks – had completed five rounds. “From what I’ve seen from his professional outings so far there have been no mistakes.”
Whilst Eubank Jr edged the prior stanzas, there was no doubt who was the superior fighter in the sixth and final round as Eubank Jr loaded up on powerful hook punches looped in from wide. Looking for the Hollywood finish, Eubank Jr asserted himself aggressively, shook up Matthews’ foundations with hooks and uppercuts but was unable to close the show.
“I had the guy under control after three rounds,” he said in his dressing room. “I need to get rounds in so I worked on defence and foot movement so it was a great learning curve for me. I knew I could have stopped him but you don’t learn anything from throwing wild punches and getting guys out of there in one or two rounds.”
Eubank Sr added: “I really do not need to say much as his calibre says it all. I like the fact that he took his time, he stood back and felt his way around the ring. He was soaking up the experience. In terms of his [Matthews'] strength, it was a good calibre of opponent.”
With victory, Eubank Jr jumped up to 4-0-0, 2ko. Matthews fell to 12-6-1, 2ko.
Alan Dawson – London
Chris Eubank Jr threw every punch in the book, showed superb speed of fist, evasive maneuvering, general ring skills that belied his inexperience and, above all, a good finisher’s instinct as he stopped erstwhile undefeated Paul Allison on his feet at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday, April 14. Eubank Jr was tagged in the third round but came out for the fourth determined and an accumulation of unanswered punches prompted the referee to end the contest that had been scheduled to last six rounds.
Official verdict: Eubank Jr wins fourth round technical knockout.
Silky operator Eubank Jr boxed around the periphery of the ring in round one and, in the first minute alone, battered Allison with swift combinations that included hadouken uppercuts, left hooks, left jabs and intuitive head movement. Allison absorbed numerous punches and his reddening face showed the ease in which Eubank Jr was able to find his target. For all of the accolades Eubank Jr’s offensive weaponry attracts, his defensive acumen is also deserving of commendation as his upper body movement allows him to evade incoming shots.
In round two, there was no let up in the lethal threat posed by Eubank Jr. Disheartening Allison from coming forward, Eubank Jr struck the Stranraer-based Scot with body shots, straight rights, uppercuts thrown with great leverage and crisp left hooks to the ribs. Allison attempted to throw back… his heavy left was thrown but when it wasn’t blocked by a well-placed Eubank Jr mitt, it was avoided by head movement.
Eubank Jr’s domination was halted in round three as he was forced into a gut check. Allison landed a power bomb of a left hook that rocked Eubank Jr back, onto the ropes, yet the Englishman quickly regained his senses. It was a punch that had been rehearsed… when Eubank Jr launched his uppercut, he left himself vulnerable to the hook and this was something Allison exploited.
In the fourth round, Eubank Jr – apparently angered by the tagging he received in the third – attacked Allison, changed into a higher gear, backed his man onto the ropes and connected with heavy blow after heavy blow. The hand speed was the catalyst for the stoppage, yet the power was enough to rock Allison’s head back and after a number of unanswered shots, the referee stepped in to wave the bout off.
With victory, the extroverted Eubank Jr casually walked up to the camera… he was momentarily emotionless, not even out of breath, he then mimicked an executioner’s pose. A strong finisher, the 22-year-old prospect who rose to 3-0-0, 2ko with his win, told Channel 5 in his dressing room after the fight that he “went in there with the intention to prove a point.”
He continued: “Tonight, I wanted to produce something special and that is exactly what I did. In my last fight [versus Jason Ball] I could not use my left hand but I used both tools tonight.”
His proud father, Chris Eubank Sr – himself a former world champion of a brace of weight divisions – added: “It was a very impressive [performance] and he has that punching ability. We will have more performances like that. It seems, as I thought, the better they are the more he can produce, flourish and showcase his abilities. I am very, very happy. The viewers, you should find him on Twitter, find him on Facebook because he is one to watch!”
Tommy Barber – London
Chris Eubank Jr was forced to work hard in his second professional fight, a decision victory over former mixed martial artist Jason Ball, courtesy of the referee in a bout that was (atypically for a novice) set over six threes.
Tommy Barber – London
Former amateur standout and recent professional Chris Eubank Jr – the son of stylish ring legend Eubank Sr who dazzled millions of Britons for a five year reign as 168lb king in the 90′s – returns to the ring on Saturday, February 18 at the Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham on the Hennessy Sports promoted Man of Steel card, broadcast on terrestrial television – Channel 5. Kid Galahad, an undefeated super bantamweight prospect, is the co-feature.
“There is great anticipation for Chris Eubank Jr’s second pro fight and rightfully so, he’s a special and unique talent who brings a real buzz to this great sport,” said elated promoter Mick Hennessy.
In his first and only professional bout to date, Eubank Jr (1-0-0, 1ko) scored a technical knockout over Kirilas Psonko last November in Manchester. Showing patience, poise, precision and solid punch power, Eubank Jr produced a box-and-move display that belied his inexperience and prompted Hennessy to claim he had – in terms of talent – already surpassed his British middleweight peers such as Darren Barker, Matthew Macklin and Martin Murray.
Eubank Jr aims to not only secure victory, but to entertain whilst doing so. He said: “I can’t wait to get back in the ring and start to show the world of boxing what I’m all about. I’m not just here to win- I’m here to entertain. I want people to be excited about tuning in to watch my second professional fight live on Channel 5.”
He added: “I got a taste of professional boxing with my first fight and I’m hungry for more.”
Galahad (10-0-0, 4ko) provides the support for the main event and takes on experienced former world title challenger Jason ’2 smooth’ Booth (36-8-0, 15ko) for the WBC International super bantamweight championship, a belt formerly worn by Manny Pacquiao and Prince Naseem Hamed.
“I’m really proud to be showcasing these two brilliant young talents together on Channel 5 and with Kid Galahad headlining for the prestigious WBC International title in only his 11th fight, I believe he will show the boxing world why we have so much faith in him,” said Hennessy.
“Obviously people have known about this great fight between Kid Galahad and Jason Booth for a while now but it was stipulated by the WBC and the Boxing Board that the fight could not be announced until Jason Booths medicals had cleared, which they have now.”
Match-ups between Lenny Daws and Chris Truman, Kash Ali and Karl Bell and Leigh Wood and Jason Cunningham. A further highlight will be Phill Fury’s fight with Lee Noble, who contest the Central Area middleweight title.
Tickets, priced at £30, £50 and £75 are available from Ticketline on 0844 888 4402, Ticketmaster on 0844 888 9991, Livenation on 0114 256 5567, HMV on 0843 221 0100 or from the Hennessy Sports Box office on 01925 755 222.
Alan Dawson – London
Chris Eubank Jr proved to be a chip off the old block as, like his father Chris Eubank Sr had done throughout the 1990s, he boxed rings around his opponent by showing off a fluid and rhythmic fighting style against a defensively-stubborn opponent in Kirilas Psonko. Eubank Jr won his debut fight by way of fourth round technical knockout on Saturday, November 12 at EventCity in Manchester, England.
Judges verdict: N/a.
Making an entrance that was nothing short of protracted and dramatic, Chris Eubank Jr overtook his father – former two-weight world champion of the 1990′s Chris Eubank Sr – as Tina Turner’s anthem Simply The Best blast over the Tannoy. Eubank Jr shadowboxed on his way to the ring and, much like his namesake did two decades before him, launched himself over the top rope in his first act of acrobatics. The showman was strong in him… he was, clearly, his father’s son.
Standing across the ring from debutant Eubank Jr was Kirilas Psonko, a sturdy prizefighter from Lithuania. For the first time in Eubank Jr’s life, he was boxing without headgear, fighting in three minute rounds and, astonishingly for a man making his first professional appearance, was thrust straight into a six-rounder – such was the high regard that new promoter Mick Hennessy of Hennessy Sports had in his latest acquisition.
From the opening bell it was clear he was a boxer in a mirror image of Eubank Sr, making beautifully silky smooth lateral movements, jabbing and popping one-two combinations that included the right hand over the top and basically out-working and out-classing an opponent with a 24-fight experience. Fighting in long-John style trunks, Eubank Jr unleashed combinations toward the rounds end.
Eubank Jr, like Sr, had an incredibly aesthetically-pleasing boxing style… he kept his fists low, relied on reflexes as his main form of defence and, when on the attack, shot from the hip. In between rounds, Sr implored his son to work the body with frequency when boxing resumed and, taking heed of the advice, Jr began tucking left hooks behind Psonko’s elbow. The reason behind the targeting of Psonko’s body was because the fighter’s guard was so high and tight that by breaking the midsection down, he would be able to lower the guard and then return his focus upstairs.
In the third round, Eubank Jr showed off the variety of his fistic weaponry as he landed sharp left hooks to the breadbasket, right hooks to the temple that made Psonko flinch, tiger uppercuts through the middle and precise orthodox jabbing. In the fourth round, because of Eubank Jr’s unrelenting work-rate, the accumulative damage that he was causing because of his punching and Psonko’s apparent loathing to return fire with fire, a stoppage victory was awarded due to referee intervention.
Considering he only had 26 amateur fights behind him, with Golden Glove awards in the US together with a training schedule orchestrated by Floyd Mayweather Sr, Eubank Jr boxed incredibly well for a debutant. His moves were so impressive, that he not only won a knockout, but also the admiring glances of the peroxide blonde girls who held the ringcards…
“Everyone was telling me get out there and you have to knock him out but I wanted to go in there and enjoy myself,” Eubank Jr explained to Channel 5. “It’s been my dream ever since I was young to step up and fight in the professional ranks. There’s a lot of pressure, a lot to live up to but I relish that, I want to prove myself.”
Praising his son’s display, Chris Eubank Sr said, in exquisitely enunciated English: “It was an almost perfect performance. I can’t find any holes in the young man.”
With victory, the novice moved to 1-0-0, 1ko.
All Pictures: Hennessy Sports
British and Commonwealth champion and world heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury was at his photogenic best recently when he registered his weight along with Commonwealth challenger Neven Pajkic. Their eagerly-awaited dust-up is ready to be settled this evening, on Saturday, November 12 at Event City, Manchester. Chris Eubank Jr boxes on the undercard, as does popular prizefighter Lenny Daws.
Ibrahim Harb – Birmingham
Acclaimed amateur standout Chris Eubank Jr has exchanged contracts with promoter Mick Hennessy of Hennessy Sports and will make his professional debut at the EventCity, Manchester card on Saturday, November 12, headlined by Tyson Fury and Neven Pajkic’s ill-tempered heavyweight feud. Hennessy boldly proclaimed Eubank Jr the best middleweight in Britain, despite never fighting professionally.
“We are delighted to have signed such a major talent… there was a lot of competition for his signature, not only from other promoters but other broadcasters as well,” an elated Hennessy beamed today, Thursday.
Indeed, there was a promotional clamouring for Eubank Jr’s signature and there were even reports he had committed terms with Matchroom Sports earlier in the year, as reported by On The Beak here.
However, it appears Mick Hennessy now has his man. A man whom he believes is already ahead of other middleweights in Britain such as former world title challengers Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker, Martin Murray (who challenges Felix Sturm for his WBA championship in December) and fast-rising prospect Billy Joe Saunders.
“We believe that Chris Eubank Jnr has the potential to not only become an elite world champion but also transcend boxing and become a major world star on route to the titles,” Hennessy said, before concluding: “I honesty already believe he is the best middleweight in this country even without have a pro fight.”
Eubank Jr already has a slot on a high-profile card in Britain as he boxes on the undercard for Fury (16-0-0, 11ko) and Pajkic’s bad blood bust-up on Saturday, a fight that will be broadcast on Channel 5 from 21:45.
Fury had initially been a clear bookmakers’ favourite to defend his Commonwealth heavyweight strap against a man he has a well-documented rivalry with. Graham Sharpe, a spokesperson for bookies William Hill, though, has indicated that certain punters are betting large sums against Tyson. Two bets of £5,000 ($8,000) were placed this week – one in Manchester and the other in London – and Hill were forced to alter Pajkic’s odds to 11/2 as a result. Fury’s odds were also eased, from 1/12 to 1/10.
Sharpe said: “Fury’s style always gives his opponent a chance if he can get close enough to land a decent shot, and anything can happen when two unbeaten records are on the line – we are 40/1 that they both emerge unbeaten after a draw!”