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Eubank's rising son

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON: Eubank senior (right) with his son Chris

FORMER WORLD champion Chris Eubank says there is no middleweight in the world that can stop his son from becoming the new global star of boxing.

Many were sceptical about Chris Eubank Jr taking on a his recent fight against Omar Siala at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, especially given the fact that the much anticipated grudge match against Billy-Joe Saunders, which takes place on November 29 at the London ExCel Arena, had been signed off by the legal teams of all parties.

However, his father was in no doubt about the prospect of Eubank Jr coming through that test positively and he is just as confident about his son delivering on the year's of promise he has demonstrated both publicly and behind closed doors on his way to realising his dream of becoming a world champion.

Saunders represents Eubank Jr’s biggest fight of his career but Eubank senior already believes his son has the tools to beat not only Saunders but some of the bigger names in the division.

Giving the Voice of Sport his views on why his son will beat WBA champion Gennady Golovkin even at this tender stage of his development he said: “It is said that he (Golovkin) is a heavy puncher, well, I believe that Christopher can take a punch.

“I’m very good at math and looking at a fighter and seeing what his abilities are and I can’t see that Golovkin has anything like Christopher’s speed, his power, his punching ability, his hand speed, his footwork, from a calculative point of view I don’t see that he has anything like that.

“So then it’s going to come down to heart. He’s got my Deoxyribonucleic acid, my DNA.”

Coming through his last fight with a flourish will have done little to win over detractors of Eubank Jr who point regularly point out that his unblemished 18-fight professional career only figures one bout scheduled for ten rounds.

The critics, and there are many despite Eubanks Jr’s respectable following across social networking platforms, suggest that the Brighton-born fighter shouldn’t even be given the British, Commonwealth and European title shot against Saunders as he is yet to endure the rigorous tests his Hertfordshire-born opponent has. Eubank senior begs to differ.

Explaining why he believes his son has the required mental and physical depth to run the course of champions, he enthused: “I’ve seen my son put up with the test of being beaten up by heavyweights in Cuba over three rounds and he took the beating.

“It’s what a manager, trainer or even father wants to see if he wants his son to be the best. He’s going to want to see if he can handle that type of pressure. If he can handle that then your speed, irrepressibility, punching combination ability all of that then comes into play.”

Eubank senior is just as devoted to overseeing his son’s affairs outside of the ring as well helping him hone them inside.

In the digital age where content ownership is king, Eubank senior says learning from his mistakes as a fighter can only strengthen the commercial position of team Eubank moving forward. “I didn’t have anyone to protect me, so I was taken advantage of as most fighters are,” he said.

He added: “Which is why I said that Christopher is going to change the game, why? Because he has a man like me who has made those mistakes and been taken advantage of. Now everything goes through the lawyers.

“To explain why we had never come to a press conference until now is because, the fact of the matter is the British Boxing Board of Control only sanctioned the fight this morning. There has been a lot of pressure but we’ve done everything by the law. By doing that he has changed the game already, never mind what he is going to do in the boxing ring.”

Saunders has added more spark to the anticipated fireworks ahead of his clash with Eubank Jr by insisting that he will retire if he loses to the title challenger on the night.

Promoter Frank Warren has voiced his disapproval at the champion's repeated intentions and Eubank senior believes Saunders has put an unnecessary pressure on his shoulders.

Looking ahead to the fight he said: “It’s unfortunate because he shouldn’t say this, no one wants him to retire. If he should lose, why should he retire? He shouldn’t have put that pressure on himself.

“It’s folly. I wouldn’t advise you talk like that. I fought a fighter that talked like that some time ago, it’s not sensible.”

What is sensible in the world of Eubank senior is his assertion that his son will be the next big thing in boxing.
“I’m a promoter, so I am going to promote him but I think he is the next Floyd Mayweather Jr. It’s not big (talk) because I know him and I know boxing.

“I think Christopher can do the same thing (as Mayweather) I can’t see why not, I’m doing the math and I can’t see why he can’t.”

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