Chris Eubank Jr shocks world by defeating old man
Chris Eubank Jr’s management has once again proved it’s adept at picking his fights when it came to a dominating twelve round win against boxing veteran Arthur Abraham.
The German’s stoic peek-a-boo defense left him largely unscathed, but indubitably outclassed in the one-sided and ultimately unremarkable match-up. Far from the highlight of the evening (which should be reserved for the tense featherweight bout between Michael J Ward and Anthony Cacace) the fight lumbered through twelve long rounds of inconsequence. By round seven it seemed that Abraham, clearly down on points, was simply biding time to unleash a killer combination, but this never materialised and allowed the fight to fizzle out into another red blot for the ageing German’s BoxRec.
The fact that Eubank Jr out-maneuvered and out-boxed an opponent renowned for his one-dimensional ‘walk-forward’ offensive style shouldn’t come as a surprise. What does leave questions, however, is that the reigning IBO champion was resigned to go the twelve round distance against such a front-footed approach, employed by a fighter a decade his senior to boot.
All the show-boating and swagger in the world didn’t conceal the fact Abraham was, quite literally, shrugging at the punches thrown even in the latter stages of the fight, and made Eubank Jr look just a little bit silly for ever having entertained the idea of a match against Golovkin.
And this is precisely what prompts a slight ire towards Eubank Jr. One cannot call him a bad boxer, far from it in fact, he is a fantastic boxer (and anyone stepping into the ring warrants respect), but there’s a degree of hypocrisy about him; a mismatch between what he says, and then who he fights, that has a whiff of empty bravado about it. A reticence to prove himself against the upper echelons of his division.
His Trumpian utilisation of Twitter, for example, has most recently thrown jibes at Kell Brook for his loss to Errol Spence. A Kell Brook who, despite taking the knee over concerns for his eye in this fight (understandable though widely criticised), is also a man who had shown the stones to stand toe-to-toe with Gennady Golovkin the previous year (taking his first loss in the process) and work through five unflinching rounds with the unrelenting Kazakh. Eubank Jr can holler all he likes from the safety of social media, but while he’s still content to splash about in the paddling pool of middleweight boxing (his only foray against a high calibre boxer, Billy Joe Saunders, resulting in a loss) the Donald Trump of boxing remains a hollow champion and a band apart from the Canelo’s and Golovkin’s of the world — committed to proving they are the best in the world of middleweight boxing today.