Chris Eubank Jr earned the biggest win of his career against James DeGale on Saturday night.
Already holding two defeats on his professional record and facing a second loss in three bouts, it was absolutely vital that ‘Next Gen’ overcame his compatriot on ITV Box Office.
Under new coach Nate Vasquez, Eubank Jr looked a lot more composed and tidy in his boxing, eventually sending DeGale to the canvas twice across the championship distance.
Despite being deducted a point for some WWE antics in the 11th round, the 29-year-old had already amassed a comfortable lead on the scorecards and won by unanimous decision.
The IBO super-middleweight title, which Eubank Jr won back against DeGale, isn’t recognised as one of the four major titles but will thrust him back into the world championship contention.
Eubank Jr overcomes De Gale
And perhaps the WBO strap could be of interest with Billy Joe Saunders expressing his desire for a rematch after the DeGale victory.
Saunders is heavily expected to win the maroon belt against Shefat Isufi and could be hungry to prove a point against the new and improved Eubank Jr.
The pair exchanged leather back in 2014 where Saunders – struggling for fitness – secured a win by majority decision, despite fading away in the second half of the bout.
Saunders wants a rematch
It’s clear that the BT Sport fighter fancies his chances once again and suggested that he would give Eubank Jr a boxing lesson.
Taking to Twitter just moments after the fight, he penned: “I would love to play a game of boxing with @ChrisEubankJr.”
Take a look at the post in its entirety down below, as well as the fan reaction:
Let’s be honest here, it would be an interesting fight.
Saunders would certainly be the favourite having won five years ago, but there would be some doubt in the mind after Eubank Jr looked so improved for his 2019 return.
However, the fellow 29-year-old has to get past Isufi first, even if the fight seems a foregone conclusion.
Then, with a world title back around his waist, Saunders can look to some of the bigger clashes out there and Eubank Jr may have stumbled into his crosshair.
Chris Eubank Snr seemed to suggest that his son could actually move down to middleweight but the prospect of more pay-per-view money could be hard to resist.
Only time will tell whether Eubank Jr accepts the ‘game of boxing.’
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