The War Report: Glamour Profession (Week 40, 2017)
“If you don’t take a lesson after this, you will never reach this level of boxing. Look at him. He did it, and got his share of the money.”
Ahmet Oner talked a big game leading up to Saturday’s World Boxing Super Series Quarter-final, but in wake of the defeat of his client Avni Yildrim, the brash Turkish manager was humbled by the talents of Chris Eubank Jr.
“Enjoy your party. You did a great fight,” said Oner to the Eubanks just before giving his fighter those words of encouragement. The two parties had to be separated all fight week after Wednesday’s press conference where Oner made known his problems with the Eubanks, and basically proclaimed that Junior was just the spoiled kid to a self-righteous father. Not exactly an unfair description of the father-son duo, but they stayed quiet as Oner became irate on the mic, then got up to get in a stare down with an anonymous Eubank team member off-stage (after threatening to bed his wife!). Oner’s macho-man tactics even bled into the fan section, where even on fight night there was a skirmish to be broken up. Of course, all that disapates once the two men get in the ring, and in three short rounds, Eubank dissolved Yildrim rather easily in match-up left best explained in the parting words of Oner to the Eubanks.
“Really, you’re better than I thought, and he (Yildrim) was unexperienced. You’re a good guy and I wish you good luck. And don’t take it personal, what I said.”
Eubank (26–1, 20 KOs) quickly made it known he was levels above Yildrim. The hand-speed and combination punching was far too superior for Yildrim to even recognize, and a short right hand uppercut from Eubank in the first round scored a knockdown after his knee touched the canvas. Yildrim (16–1, 10 KOs) couldn’t hide his look of confusion in the instance, and shrugged his arms as a count was shouted in his face two minutes in. His guard got a little tighter and the 26-year old continued to go forward through the second round, but unable to land his power right hand, Eubank was getting the better of the few exchanges they had. In the third, Eubank had slowed Yildrim down dramatically with combos that featured ripping body shots, and all Yildrim could do was stand there and take it until a final left hook off the right hand dropped him hard. Yildrim was momentarily knocked out on the way down, but quickly tried to get up once hitting the canvas hard. Referee Leszec Jankowiak immediately waved off the fight, however, and tried to embrace Yildrim as he crawled forward staggered and googly-eyed. Eubank, 28, drank in the knockout by just standing there motionless — in a stoic posture that has become somewhat of a Eubank trademark.
Eubank Sr., who puts a new spin on talking softly while carrying a big stick, quickly followed-up with his son just after Oner left, looking to instill more confidence fresh off a near flawless performance.
“He just said you’re a good fighter,” he told Junior. “You’re not a good fighter — you are a great fighter. And what he just said was right on point: the future is now. I love that statement.”
Also his son’s manager, Senior can always be found attached at the hip of Junior, and in the drawing of the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight tournament, it was almost too fitting that he’d be there in his sons place to choose his first opponent. Senior put on his monocle before focusing it on the unproven Turkish contender, and pointed out Yildrim to come forward on the elaborate stage. When asked about why he chose Yildrim, Eubank pointed out his come forward style would produce a great fight, but added that he’d need more than that to beat his son. “He is an upgraded version of me,” Eubank, a two-weight world champion in the early 90s, said in closing.
Earlier this year, Eubank was at the focal point of The War Report in February 2017, and it reviewed the decision to solidify himself has a pay-per-view fighter in the UK after what was ultimately a showcase bout vs. Renold Quinlan. Senior dubbed the show, “Reborn”, and from the highest pedestal, the Eubanks took any and all criticism in stride, knowing that the question of it being a PPV was the publicity they were looking for. His premium continued in July where he beat the aged Arthur Abraham by unanimous decision, and was one of the final entries into the WBSS 168-pound tournament (In fact, the reason why Junior couldn’t be at the WBSS selection ceremony was because he was still yet to face Abraham). Under the shield of this tournament’s format and in a fashion only he can emulate, Senior was merely about to choose another showcase for his son’s fourth PPV event in a row in the UK. Showing that his son isn’t the only one that has the glamour profession, and that Oner’s advice to Yildrim post-fight could be directed right back at him.
*Eubank faces the winner of George Groves vs. Jamie Cox (WBA 168) this Saturday night, in what will be the super middleweight semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series
Fight of the Week
Anthony Crolla UD12 Ricky Burns (135) | October 7 — Manchester, England
KO of the Week
Chris Eubank Jr. KO3 Avni Yildrim (160) | October 7 — Stuttgart, Germany
Firat Arslan KO7 Alejandro Valori (200) | October 7 — Stuttgart, Germany
Conor Benn TKO1 Nathan Clarke (147) | October 7 — Manchester, England
Lewis Ritson TKO7 Robbie Barrett (135) | October 7 — Manchester, England
Fighter of the Week
Rex Tso (22–0, 13 KOs)
From last week, and in order of weight (no world title bouts in week 40)
200+ — Demsey McKean TKO6 Willie Nasio — Sam Sexton UD12 Gary Cornish (116–114, 115–114, 116–113)
200 — Firat Arslan KO7 Alejandro Valori — Luke Watkins TKO6 Robin Dupre
168 — Chris Eubank Jr. KO3 Avni Yildrim — Stefan Haertel MD10 Viktor Polyakov (96–94 x2, 95–95)
160 — Vaughn Alexander TKO7 Elvin Ayala
154 — Jose Carlos Paz UD10 Jorge Paez Jr. (97–93 x2, 98–92)
147 —Mohmed Minoune SD12 Sam Eggington (116–112, 115–113, 112–116) — Cesar Manuel Barrionuevo KO6 Adrian Luciano Veron — Conor Benn TKO1 Nathan Clarke
140 — Carlos Portillo KO3 Czar Amonsot
135 — Anthony Crolla UD10 Ricky Burns (116–113, 116–114, 117–112) — Lewis Ritson TKO7 Robbie Barrett — Christian Gonzalez UD8 Gamaliel Diaz (79–72 x2, 76–75) — Jousce Gonzalez KO1 Ricardo Fernandez
130 — Christian Mijares UD10 Jesus Arevalo (100–92, 98–92, 97–93)
126 — Edivaldo Ortega RTD7 Tomas Rojas — Can Xu RTD7 Nohomar Cermeno — Gavin McDonnell KO1 Jozsef Ajtai — Edgar Valerio KO2 Martin Cardona
115 — Rex Tso TD7 Kohei Kono (68–66 x3)
112 — Andrew Selby UD12 Maximino Flores (119–109, 117–112, 117–111)
105 — Chao Zhong Xiong MD12 Panya Pradabsri (115–113, 116–112, 114–114)