Chris Eubank Sr says his son could still establish a career to rival Floyd Mayweather Jr, who retired from boxing in 2017 with an impeccable record of 50-0 (27).
Chris Eubank Jr trained alongside Mayweather stateside early on in his career and claimed he would replace the pound-for-pound king in 2015.
The super middleweight contender dropped a split decision to future WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in 2014 and was outboxed by George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series in twelve months ago.
Eubank Sr made the comments to iFL TV ahead of Chris Eubank Jr’s fight against James DeGale next weekend.
“In my head, I thought this was a man who could replace Mayweather, and maybe he still can,” Eubank Sr said.
“But now I’ve got to just stand back and watch, because obviously, things don’t always add up to what you think, because you don’t know what’s going on in the head of an individual.”
Eubank Jr 27-2 (21) and DeGale 25-2-1 (15) are due to meet at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 23.
There is no love lost between the British rivals, with both boxers letting their feelings be known to the press.
“I believe he doesn’t have the pedigree, the size and skill to beat me. Every time he has stepped up he has been found out,” DeGale, 33, said recently.
Not to be outdone, the 29-year-old Eubank Jr predicted nothing short of a beating for DeGale.
“DeGale is going to get the schooling of his career, a good old-fashioned hiding,” he said.