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Chris Eubank is ready!

BEST OF ENEMIES: Chris Eubank Jr with opponent Arthur Abraham (right)

IBO SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT champion Chris Eubank Jr is looking forward to his title defence against seasoned fighter and former world champion, Arthur Abraham on Saturday, July 15. He said: “My camp has been great. I was on weight three weeks ago. I am fit and strong, I have a lot of energy and have had a lot of sparring. I sparred with heavyweights, cruiserweights, light heavyweights and I am ready to go in there to make a statement.”

Abraham has been known to be a ‘dirty’ fighter on occasions and Eubank Jr was asked if it bothered him. He said: “I have sparred and shared the ring with many dirty fighters. I know all the tricks.

“There is nothing he is going to do that I have not had done to me or seen before and if he wants to fight dirty, two can play that game.”

Asked about his training camp, a confident Eubank Jr added: “ I would not say I have done anything differently. You have an opponent, you look at his weaknesses, and you study him and work on things you think will be effective for the fight.

“In that sense I have prepared and trained for him in mind, focusing on what I think would be best to beat him. But in general it has been the same.” I am always intense and training 100 per cent, so everything is on track.”

The young Eubank has entered the Super Eight World Boxing Series. Previous series have helped to elevate the likes of global stars Andre Ward and Carl Froch to the top.

When asked if this was his plan as well, the Great Briton said: “It is a great opportunity for me to go and prove to the world that I am the best Super Middleweight out there.

“You have George Groves who has his belt. Taking that strap would be a huge incentive for me and to beat these guys and dominate the tournament.”

In months, if not years to come, Eubank Jr – should he keep winning – faces a battle of Britain against current IBF champion James DeGale and he relishes the prospect. “Definitely. I have been trying to get that fight for years. He does not want the fight. He is scared. He went in there for shoulder surgery.

“I say he needs to get a heart surgery done so that he can come out of there with some courage because he does not want to fight.

“I put it on him during the David Haye fight why has this fight not happened and he could not give me an answer. You cannot run forever. I believe that eventually after the Super Eight fights he will have nowhere else to go.”

Some father and son relationships as coach/boxer can be fractious. Eubank described the dynamics of the relationship he has with his dad, Chris. “I have learnt a lot from my dad over the years. The advice he gives me regardless is second to none. I always have him in my corner and I benefit greatly from having him in my corner.”

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