Chris Eubank Jr emerged from his fathers shadow and proved himself a fighter in his own right with victory over Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan claims Chris Eubank Snr.
There were some suggestions the middleweight, whose only defeat has come against current WBO middleweight title holder Billy Joe Saunders, was trading off his fathers name before he defeated the Cork man on December 12.
However, British fight legend Eubank claims the manner in which he shipped noted puncher O’Sullivan’s power shots proved he is a true fighter.
“In our last fight against Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan, he took an overhand right in the third round that travelled about ten inches. These are the shots that knock you out because these are the shots that have the weight of your torso in them. When shots come from the hip, they only have 10-12 lbs of power but when your torso is in it, all the weight of your body is in that shot and that’s the one that does the most damage.
“He took the shot in the third round and he didn’t buckle. And it was an overhand right like ‘Spike’ was bowling a ball. That shot usually knocks people out but Junior didn’t even take a backwards step,” Eubank, who was dethroned by Irish boxing hero Steve Collins told RTE.
“Why is that important?
“That’s important because the most vital thing when achieving anything in boxing is based around how well you take a shot. If he can do that then, actually, he can get to the top.
“With his ability, his speed and his irrepressible fighting attitude, it looks to me like he has all the ingredients. But the most important ingredient is being able to absorb punishment and that he can do as ‘Spike’ proved.
“It was in that fight that he forced himself out of my shadow. People were saying ‘Daddy’s boy’ now he’s proven that he’s more than that by taking those shots.”
retire at the end of the 7th round and the relentlessness of ‘Next Gen’ proved to Eubank Sr that he had something unique on his hands.