Two of Britain’s brightest boxers are set for fights in what should be a sensational night of British boxing in Bluewater this Saturday night and despite not being in the ring with another this Saturday night, there’s clearly no love lost between Chris Eubank Jr and James DeGale.
The two have been caught up in a public verbal slanging match these past few weeks, which all stemmed from tweets by Chris Eubank Jr bragging about “schooling” Olympic gold medallist James DeGale during sparring sessions this summer. Unsurprisingly DeGale, the senior fighter and trademark motormouth, took offence to these comments and hasn’t stopped mouthing off about Eubank Jr since.
Speaking ahead of his fight this week, DeGale has said: “I got the impression that him and his dad live on a different planet. After the spar, he jumped over the ropes and into the ring where I was working. He behaves stupid and is rude and disrespectful and lives off his dad’s reputation.”
Both fighters are now signed to Hennessy Sports, which raises the prospect of both fighters facing each other at some stage in the future. Whether this very public war of words is genuine or a well organised charade by Wayne Hennessy, it’s certainly spiked interest ahead of this weekend’s action.
Before the big business of a potential domestic superfight with Eubank Jr, Londoner DeGale will make the second defence of his European Super Middleweight Title against Frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi. With an 80% knockout rate, the punching power of DeGale’s opponent shouldn’t be underestimated, the current champion should have too much skill.
DeGale’s star has fallen dramatically since his famous gold medal win at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, but he’s called this a “fresh start” for his career and his new promoters are far too wise to put him in the ring with a genuine threat in his comeback fight.
Brighton’s Chris Eubank Jr remains unbeaten in his professional career so far, having won six fights on the bounce since his debut last year. His most recent outing came just weeks ago in Denmark, a bout in which he looked particularly strong with a TKO in the third round.
This time around, he takes another step further up the middleweight ladder with a contest against Latvian brawler, Ruslans Pojonisevs. After a strong start to his career, Pojonisevs has gone on to lose his last six fights, so expect this to be a statement of intent from Eubank as his star rises further.
Catch all the action live on Channel 5 this Saturday (October 13th) from 10pm.