Chris Eubank Jr has obvious talent but is he at risk of wasting his talent with his lackadaisical style and continual search to emulate his father?

Eubank Jr 4 has shown glimpses of quality in a swift professional career which has taken him to 16-0 with 11 knock-outs.

The 24-year-old however appears more concentrated on acting strangely in the ring and trying to create a persona similar to that of his world renowned father Chris Eubank, who had a swagger to match his tremendous ring skills.

His father was involved in some great fights in his career and is well known for being slightly eccentric to say the least.

Eubank senior was able to irritate opponents with his eloquent speech and strange behaviour. He knew how to get under an opponent's skin and it seems as though his son is trying to gain the same skill.

Eubank Jr is a very slick boxer who has good movement and seems as though he has the potential to go a long way in the sport, but his mentality may prevent him from doing so.

When he is in the ring he spends the vast majority of his time posing rather than utilising his skill and going to work on his opponents. He knows that he has talent and because of that he is lazy in the ring at this learning stage of his career.

The starlet knows that he can up the tempo and move through the gears whenever he chooses and can end the fight against his current level of opponent. When he does up the pace he looks like a real talent but unfortunately we don't see enough of this ability.

We are yet to see Eubank in with an opponent who can challenge him and that is unusual after as many as 16 fights. He is facing guys who simply can't compete with him which you expect in the early stages of a career but surely it has come to the point where he needs to be moved up.

Eubank will learn little from the fights he is having at the moment and if he really wants to make a success of himself sooner rather than later he will have to answer his critics and step-up the level of opponents he faces.

He is proving an extremely controversial figure with his father stating that only Andre Ward could beat his son out of all the middleweight and super-middleweight fighters in the world to put added pressure on his protege.

When looking at that statement more closely he is saying that his son would beat the likes of Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin, Carl Froch, George Groves, James Degale, Julio Cesar Cahvez Jr, Mikkel Kessler and many others.

This is a ridiculous comment as currently all of these fighters are world class and Eubank Jr hasn't even fought a decent domestic opponent yet.

He has clear talent but there is an increasing worry that he will waste such talent with his constant search to act like his father. This act appears to affect his boxing and that is never a good thing.

If he really wants to reach the top of the sport then adopting a busier in ring style would help hugely but perhaps he will do that when he goes in with a better class of opponents.

There are plenty of question marks surrounding the enigmatic Eubank Jr, but he is a talented young boxer still set for the biggest nights of his life further down the road.

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