Chris Eubank has revealed American TV Network Showtime have signed him on a two fight deal so they can match him with current WBC world middleweight champion Jermal Charlo.
The outspoken former Spike O’Sullivan foe battles former Andy Lee opponent Matt Korobov on the same bill as WBC middleweight title holder’s next defence – and revealed he has agreed to fight Charlo in the Spring.
The pair both have big tests to come through at the Barclays Center on December 7, with Eubank facing the former world champion and ‘The Hitman’ putting his belt on the line against one Dennis Hogan.
Speaking to Showtimes Steve Farhood with regard to fighting in American Eubank Jr said: “It’s been a long time coming. I began my amateur career here and obviously went over to England to build my fanbase.
“I built my record over there and had some massive fights, big wins. Also, I built my name up as a super middleweight world champion. But now I feel like I need to come down to my natural weight, which is middleweight. I’m coming over here to the States to take over. This is the perfect opportunity. I’m in the prime of my life. I can’t wait to get out here and show you guys what I’m made of.”
With regard to Charlo he discussed the possibility of a match up without considering a Hogan upset.
“That is the goal. We are co-main eventing, so it’s definitely a fight that can be built. I believe I am a far superior fighter to that man. I’m sure I’ll be able to showcase my skills against him in the next six month
News of Showtimes plans broke sometime after they announced the American would defend against the Australian based Irish man.
It certainly plays into the idea that Charlo isn’t worried about the on coming ‘Hurricane’, a narrative Team Hogan have been pushing since the champion predicted a knockout come December 7.
Team Hogan and the fighter himself are more than confident of victory and will accuse Showtime of bad planning.
If Hogan does record victory no doubt PBC and the American network will look to put Eubank in against the Irish fighter, but the Kildare native has 3Arena and Dublin homecoming plans, plans which Eubank may not be a part of.
Eubank has Irish previous having beaten Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan, while his father was beaten twice by Steve Collins.