Tough talk: Eubank Jr vs Abraham presser
Paul Zanon reports from the Mondrian Hotel as Chris Eubank Jr's latest ITV Box Box Office event is announced, a bout against Arthur Abraham on 15 July...
Whenever there’s a press conference involving Chris Eubank - Jr or Sr - it’s fair to say the pair will be late, and today was no exception. It’s also fair to say that the media will always show up, simply due to the intrigue of the inevitable circus which accompanies the father-and-son act.
However, on this occasion, it was a far from explosive press conference. Trying to engage the mild-mannered 37-year-old, two weight world champion Arthur Abraham - who has 51 fights under his belt - into a war of words, was never going to happen.
The presser started with the foundation level of questioning for the Armenian-born pugilist.
“Are you happy to be fighting in the UK?"
Abraham's swift reply? “Yes, I’m happy to be fighting in the UK.”
Next question, please!
Eubank Jr, who needed little prompting, explained, “I’ve been in the gym. I want to be active. I want to fight three to four times a year.”
He then addressed his tough German counterpart. “I respect every fighter, but this is my time now. Next generation. I have the chance to beat a well-respected champion, but he’s one dimensional.”
Abraham replied, “I have one dimension, one tactic. I only need one to beat him.”
Sounds like fighting talk.
Boxrec has Abraham and Eubank Jr ranked in fourth and fifth places, respectively, at super middleweight, while Boxing Monthly has them sixth and eighth, so in essence it’s a good match-up.
The teak tough Abraham has only ever been stopped once, by Robert Stieglitz in 2013, a TKO that resulted from a badly injured eye, but Eubank is confident in his power and predicted: “I’m gonna make sure he doesn’t see the final bell.”
It’s a gutsy call from the Sussex native.
If Eubank Jr passes this test, he said he’d like to fight James DeGale and George Groves next, claiming: “I want all the belts.”
However, he has also left himself back-up options, as he openly expressed, “I’m not a super middleweight. I’m a middleweight.”
If Eubank Jr is able to overcome Abraham impressively, it will certainly send a message out to both weight divisions, or as Eubank Jr said, “It’s my chance to silence the haters.”
Can Eubank Jr continue Britain’s boxing boom on 15 July at the SSE Arena in Wembley?
It’s certainly a fight that's got the attention of the public, that’s for sure.
The general consensus is that Abraham’s legs and reflexes are not what they used to be, but Eubank’s power showed its limitations when he beat Renold Quinlan, as he was forced to clinch the victory with punch volume, rather than one-punch power, which his adversary certainly possesses.
The safe money is on Eubank Jr to win a wide points victory, but that’s not sure money…