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Chris Eubank Jr says he's tempted by a career in MMA.

Boxer refuses to rule out switch to UFC after completing boxing

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Chris Eubank Jr has suggested that he could be tempted by a move to MMA that would see him fight in the UFC.

However, the Next Gen star says that he wants to dominate the world of boxing first.

The 28-year-old is currently preparing for his fight against Avni Yildirim this weekend in the first round of the World Boxing Super Series.

He’s gone on record stating that his aim is to win the Muhammad Ali trophy, as well as to claim George Groves’ WBA super-middleweight title, but he also believes he has the skill to transfer over to MMA and compete inside a cage.

Having been trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Eubank is confident of a successful crossover.

“I know all the basics,” he said.

“I know how to do a triangle choke. I know the leg locks and arm bars. I know all that stuff.

“I know the basics but I’m not an expert. Far from it. If you’re grappling or in a jiu-jitsu situation, I’ll be able to do certain things that I know.

“It would take me nearly as much time than other fighters (boxers) to become good.”

Chris Eubank Jnr. Media Workout

Eubank Jr says he trained in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu as well as Greco Roman wrestling in order to ‘learn to protect himself’ due to his famous father and kids who would pick on him because of it, trying to ‘make a name for themselves’.

“I did it so I could have something to fall back on if I found myself in those tricky situations,” he said.

Despite his alleged capabilities of transferring over to the octagon and his keenness to do so, Eubank still insists that in reality it would take a lot of money to tempt him over to MMA.

"If the money is there I will entertain the thought of transferring over to MMA.

Chris Eubank Jnr. Media Workout

“Like I said before, you’d have to pay me a lot because financially I’m in a very secure position in the boxing world so it will have to take a lot to pull me out of that position to MMA fight.

"But anything’s possible."

Looking to his upcoming fight with Yildirim, Eubank was in a confident mood, saying: “Training is going very well. I’m already at the weight required.

“I’m going there to dominate these guys and prove to them that I’m the number-one middleweight in the world, take this world title, take this Muhammad Ali trophy.”

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