British professional boxer Chris Eubank Jr is currently preparing for the crucial showdown against James DeGale - scheduled on February 23 at the O2 Arena in London.
He has been working tirelessly in his Brighton gym since the loss to George Groves last year in the World Boxing Super Series and managed to register an impressive win over JJ McDonagh later in September.
Eubank Jr. has recruited his first full-time trainer Nate Vasquez in order to make significant improvements to his skill-set ahead of the highly anticipated clash.
The Mexican coach, however, gave a reality check of sorts to the Brit about his present state and where he needs to work on the most to outlast his rival next month.
In an exclusive interview to ITV Boxing, Vasquez did not hold back and shared his experience of working with ‘Next Gen’.
He said: “I won't sugarcoat anything... We started working together and the first thing I told him, I was like, ‘Your defence is s***, your footwork's horrible, so you've got a lot to work on.’”
Asked whether the training is more towards enhancing his strengths or working on his weaknesses, Vasquez was quick to reply that he builds a lot on his weaknesses and improving on that front would certainly give him the advantage.
Vasquez is a resident coach at Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas and has worked with a number of prospects at the TMT outfit over the years.
Talking of Eubank Jr’s strengths, he concluded by saying: “He has great power, he has great will, he is very determined. I’m looking forward to him, probably, break down DeGale later on in the fight, which I know DeGale will get tired, round six or maybe before that. Just have to keep working!”
Watch the interview in the video below!
It remains to be seen if Vasquez can guide the 29-year-old in the right way forward and make him a dominant force in the division, aiming for the highest accolades in the future.