Eubank Jr is set to defend his British middleweight title at the O2 Arena.

Nick Blackwell cautions Chris Eubank Jr against Tom Doran

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Former boxer Nick Blackwell has admitted he feels there could be an upset on the cards on Saturday, as Chris Eubank Jr prepares to defend his British middleweight title against the undefeated Tom Doran at the O2 Arena.

Blackwell knows all about fighting Eubank Jr, after it was their meeting in the ring in late March that forced him into retirement; after spending a week in an induced coma following Eubank Jr's brutal knockout of the Wiltshire fighter.

However, despite Eubank Jr - son of the legendary Chris Eubank - being known to be able to cope with the hard-hitting punchers, Blackwell believes Doran (17-0-KO7) has the quality to inflict a second professional career defeat on his opponent.


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"He could make himself big-time if he beats Eubank Jr and he's got the potential to do it," Blackwell told Sky Sports.

"He's a very good fighter even though people don't know too much about him. He's a good boxer, he hits hard and he had great fight against Luke Keeler who is a very good boxer as well.

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"Doran can win. This is boxing, it only takes one shot and he's got the power to do that. Eubank can take a shot, he's been hit with big shots before and he can take it. But anyone can get stopped. No matter how tough you are, you can get dropped."

However, Eubank Jr and his father will be thinking very differently on Saturday night, as the Brighton fighter hopes to retain the belt he offered to Blackwell as a good gesture, following the fighter's release from hospital earlier in the year.

Boxing at The O2


And although Blackwell failed to defeat Eubank Jr, himself, he has advised Doran on the best strategy to defeat his 5ft 11in opponent.

"He's got to put the pressure on. When Eubank works, he likes to have a little rest, and that's when Doran's got to work and put his punches together." Blackwell added.

"You've got to be 15-round fit to fight Eubank, you've got to be on his case. Get the counters in, then start working when Eubank's tired.

"I know the Eubanks won't be looking past him but maybe the public are."

Boxing at Echo Arena


Blackwell had criticised the Eubanks' behaviour, after he was released from hospital, however, the two middleweights have seemingly managed to settle their differences in recent weeks.

And while the man from Trowbridge will have to find a new career, outside of the ring, Eubank Jr has recently tried to get himself into contention to fight at this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

However, GB Boxing have since rebuffed his father's approach, with amateur Anthony Fowler, already occupying the middleweight place.

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