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Title hungry? Eubank on it

TARGET: Eubank Jr

CHRIS EUBANK Jr has promised to produce a "masterclass" against Irishman Gary O'Sullivan when the two meet up at the London O2 Arena next month.

Chief support bout for the ‘Bad Intentions’ Matchroom Promotions bill of boxing on December 12, which sees Anthony Joshua take on long-time foe Dillian Whyte in the headline British and Commonwealth heavyweight title fight, Eubank Jr against O'Sullivan is set to be a tear-up between two men hunting down world middleweight titles.

Both have been beaten once, ironically by the same man, Billy Joe Saunders, and both are universally recognised as serious contenders for top honours should either man come through the bout successfully.

Eubank Jr, 26, told the Voice of Sport that O'Sullivan, 31, had been trying to get a fight with him for three years, but he said the Patrick Collins-trained fighter had bitten off more than he can chew this time.

“He’s been targeting me, he’s been targeting my fans and even family members. He’s dug himself a very big hole and I can’t wait to get in there and punish him for some of the things he has been saying,” said Eubank Jr.

He added: “I’m not surprised (how he has chased the fight) people have been doing that ever since I turned professional, trying to get at me, trying to get fights with me, claiming that they want to fight me, so they can build their name off of me.

“But he’s just a guy I have to get through to fulfil my goal of becoming a full middleweight world champion. Training camp as gone great and you guys are going to see a very special performance.”


TRIO: Eubank Jr (left) with promoter Eddie Hearn and O’Sullivan

The winner of the bout will take on whoever emerges victorious from the Daniel Jacobs -Peter Quillin match-up, which takes place at the Barclays Center in New York on December 5, in what will be a final eliminator for the WBA title.

Eubank Jr says his whole set-up is beginning to feel like a winning formula in the making. Having recently connected with trainer Adam Booth, all of the ingredients are in place to go on and fulfil his promise.

“We haven’t been together long, so its too early to say things have evolved, but I am very happy with the team and I think it’s the start of a great relationship. 2016 could be a huge year. It could be the year I fight and win a world title, I can’t wait.”

Looking ahead to facing O’Sullivan he added: “He’s a bog standard fighter, one dimensional. Yeah, he can punch, but that doesn’t mean anything if you are fighting a guy like me who has got a great defence. It’s going to be a masterclass.”

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