Jnr just too fresh for Degale

Degale vs Eubank Jnr at The O2 Arena

Youth prevailed at The O2 last night where Chris Eubank Jnr showed that he has a future as a world title contender and James “Chunky” Degale does not.

Boxing can be the cruellest of sports and I would imagine Degale has had to wrestle with the thought that he now has to walk away from the sport that has defined him and given him some degree of fortune since that final bell rang.

Some would argue that winning a world title in the age of multiple world sanctioning bodies is not the feat it once was but no-one can argue just how difficult it has always been to become an Olympic gold medalist. Degale is one of those and should be saluted as such.

As for Eubank Jnr, the future should bring another shot at a world title. I don’t think this win is enough on its own after the decisive loss to George Groves last year but boxing politics doesn’t always work out that way. Eubanks Jnr did after all score a 3rd round knockout of Anvi Yildirim who some felt was unlucky to loose to Anthony Dirrell in Minneapolis last night on a technical decision.
Jnr’s work rate and excellent combination punching makes him a hard nights work for anyone. I include Callum Smith in that statement.
Eubank Jnr has always shown a great set of whiskers and that is something you require against the 6ft 3 inch hard punching WBA Super Super-Middleweight Champion.

I would make Eubank Jnr favourite if he were to be matched with either of the Dirrell brothers at this stage. A match in America against Caleb Plant the IBF champion may be a bit more difficult as Plant showed great stamina, heart and skills to take the title from Jose Uzcategui last month.

So Anthony Dirrell’s WBC title should be the target for Jnr. He is the next ranked contender (#3) before Dirrell vs Yildirim took place.
Maybe, just maybe he could fulfil the potential he has shown and then get that rematch with Billy Joe Saunders who coincidentally fights for the vacant WBO 168lb title against Sefat Isufi at Wembley on April 13th.

It all seems to have dropped into place for Eubank Jnr at last.


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