IBO super-middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr has revealed he’s planning an in-ring return either next month or at some stage in November. But the fight will be on his terms as he continues into the peak years of an eight-year professional career.
The Brighton-born boxer hasn’t featured since defeating James DeGale in February. Despite an original plan to fight on three separate occasions in 2019, he has been biding his time waiting for the right opponent at an opportune time, which equally makes the most financial sense.
As quoted by talkSPORT, he said: “I wanted to fight three times this year, it doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen. But I’m definitely fighting within the next couple of months – trying to get out around October/November time.
No opponent yet, but I will know within the next couple of weeks and there’ll be an announcement. I’ll definitely be fighting, 100%, just getting ready for that now.”
Plenty of questions were posed prior to his grudge match against DeGale and whether he truly had the tools to beat someone at that level – considering recent performances.
“The win over DeGale felt satisfying for several reasons as it proved what I’ve known all along. There was many who had some doubts over me regarding my position in this sport, but I’ve always believed in myself and that’s the way it’s always been.”
Eubank turns 30 later this month and has completed just one another fight following a comprehensive unanimous decision defeat by George Groves in February 2018. That bout was for two super-middleweight titles and a place in the World Boxing Super Series Final.
31-year-old Groves has since retired, while a third-round corner retirement win over Ireland’s JJ McDonagh on the Groves vs Callum Smith undercard last September was his other outing, in Saudi Arabia.
Time for perspective with eubank jr near his peak
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Eubank Jr is being selective with options on the table, which is a large reason why boxing fans have waited seven months (and counting) for his return.
Something that has been echoed by compatriots Kell Brook and Amir Khan in recent years, Chris said: “I’m probably as close to my peak as I’m ever going to be, so the next stage of my career is where I have to really step up and make my mark in the biggest fights.
These next few years is where I believe people will see the best version of me. I’m peaking at the perfect time for the best names out there and people will see that when the big fights are made.”
Time will tell as to whom his next opponent will be, though a rematch against his only other defeat – WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders – would prove a tantalising prospect.