Chris Eubank has made some contentious statements in his time, but this could be one of his finest to date.
After his son’s victory on Saturday night against 13-2 Pole Robert Swierzbinski, the 47-year-old stated there is only one person that could beat his son – pound-for-pound supremo Andre Ward.
Eubank Jr floored his opponent seven times before referee Alvin Finch called the bout to a halt. The 24-year-old toyed with the Pole throughout the fight, using it as a glorified sparring session and scoring at least one knockdown in each of the last four rounds before Finch waved it off in the seventh.
While knocking an opponent over seven times is impressive, the level of opposition is certainly questionable and most boxing followers believe it is time for Eubank Jr to show his credentials against British level opposition, such as Billy Joe Saunders or John Ryder.
However, his Dad believes only Ward would beat him. Speaking to Boxnation after the fight, Eubank Snr said: “Only one fighter in the world beats my son now and that is Andre Ward. That’s because he is a thinker and comes forward.
“But any other fighter in the world at middleweight or super-middleweight my son beats them.”
To give his comments some context, fighters within that bracket include Gennady Golovkin, Sergio Martinez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Mikkel Kessler and Carl Froch.
He has been training with Froch ahead of his second showdown against George Groves on May 31. Unconfirmed rumours had been circulating on Twitter that he dropped Froch in a sparring session, though fellow sparring partner Anthony Fowler took to the social media site to suggest it was nonsense.
Eubank Jr is now unbeaten in 15 fights with 10 knockouts, but has yet to fight anyone relevant on the domestic scene. Despite being a divisive figure with his apparent ignorant attitude, his talent is undisputed and he already appears to be following a path carved by his Dad’s successful career.
One of the most recognised fighters of his generation, he held world crowns at middleweight and super-middleweight. His fights with Nigel Benn rank among the biggest ever to have taken place in the UK, while he also endured memorable scraps with Steve Collins and Michael Watson.
Watson sustained terminal injuries from their second fight and Eubank Sr continues to support his former foe, despite clear hostility between the two before battle lines were drawn.
The elder Eubank was never averse to controversy during his time at the top, regularly engaging in a war of words.
His mouth took him a long way and his son will be hoping to replicate the Eubank glory. Whether only Ward can defeat him right now remains a mystical statement.
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