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Chris Eubank: “My son will soon be the best fighter in the world”

Boxing legend, Chris Eubank, claims that his son will soon be the best fighter in the world. Respected and renowned trainers, Ronnie Davis and Adam Booth, have described him as the real deal, but how good is Chris Eubank Jr.?

The undefeated 24-year-old has rapidly become one of the most talked about boxers in Britain and his shenanigans both inside and outside of the ring have regularly caused quite a stir.

The posturing before, during and after bouts that is so reminiscent of his famous father is laughable, cringeworthy and irritating. But it is also entertaining and it always gets a reaction from the crowd.

He even vaults the top rope in the same way that the old man used to. And he certainly possesses the same self confidence that senior exhibited.

Junior seems to carry the same attributes as his dad. The speed of hand and foot, the concussive power and the elusive movement have been far too much for his 17 opponents to date, with only Tyan Booth causing him any problems at all, albeit not many, before being knocked out in the last round of their encounter. And the Brighton resident has bludgeoned his way to nine consecutive knockout victories.

Despite his fantastic and eye-catching unblemished record, the up and coming prospect is yet to face a quality opponent who is at his own respective peak. Nevertheless, much publicised sparring sessions with Carl Froch, Nathan Cleverly and George Groves, in which he “at least held his own”, according to the aforementioned Ronnie Davis, suggest that he is indeed on the road to glory in the hurt business.

Eubank Jr. occasionally comes across as arrogant and disrespectful, although he claims it is only a part of the show, and his attitude has rubbed a number of domestic middleweight boxers up the wrong way.

Young Sheffield scrapper, Adam Etches, is desperate for a showdown with the heralded hitter. Etches, the IBF and WBC Youth world champion, is also a popular rising star, but he is also untested.

Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan has also expressed a keen interest in trading hands with Eubank, but was recently forced to turn down the opportunity to do just that because of a prior commitment to box fellow Irishman, Anthony Fitzgerald, in August.

Nobody has been more frustrated and annoyed by the 17-0 Eubank than the reigning British, Commonwealth and European champion, Billy Joe Saunders.

The pair have traded insults for over a year and they constantly goad one another. Saunders claims he would knockout Junior within six rounds, and Eubank has nicknamed the champion ‘Average Joe Saunders’.

A clash between the two would sell well, but it doesn’t appear to make sense for Saunders. Not from a career standpoint anyway. He has contested numerous 12-round title bouts and is rated on the world stage. Eubank still hasn’t been involved in a bout scheduled for the championship distance.

Saunders is ranked highly by the World Boxing Organisation and he is seemingly on the verge of a world title shot against Peter Quillin. However, his hatred of Eubank could force him to pursue a big money grudge match instead of chasing the proverbial dream. The traveller is a proud and passionate man and he seems fascinated by the idea of shutting up the precocious extrovert.

Expect a showdown between the outspoken pair before the end of 2014, and then we will finally find out just how good Chris Eubank Jr. really is.