“Basics Got the Job Done”: Former World Champion Remains Brutally Honest About Chris Eubank Jr’s Performance in Liam Smith Rematch

Published 09/05/2023, 12:46 PM EDT

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Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntyre came at the last minute to infuse a fresh breath of life into the sagging fortunes of Chris Eubank Jr. The 33-year-old, the son of boxing great Chris Eubank, was riding high on the back of six consecutive wins when Liam Smith delivered the coup de grâce on January 21, early this year. It was the third career loss and the first knockout defeat for Eubank Jr. Seven months later; he redeemed himself with an emphatic victory over Smith at the same place. Among the measures he had put in place to succeed at all costs was a change in trainer. Speaking to the media, a former champion shared what went right this time for Chris Eubank Jr.

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Long-time trainer legend Roy Jones Jr. joined Chris Eubank Jr. in 2020. Under his guidance, ‘Next Gen’ won three back-to-back bouts, starting Marcus Morrison, Wanik Awdijan, and Liam Williams. But, unfortunately, the loss to Liam Smith changed the equation. Nevertheless, the switchover happened by August, roughly four to five weeks before the fight night.

Chased the fundamentals – Johnny Nelson on Chris Eubank Jr.’s victory

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‘NoSmokeReport’ reached out to former Cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson and asked, “Do you find that BoMac being in his corner was, you know [the], the final piece in the puzzle?” The former champion mentioned that the overall attitude and approach mattered—first, setting your house in order. He doesn’t seem to believe that BoMac would have trained him any differently in such a short period of time.

Nelson said, “I still believe he couldn’t have. I do believe that it’s like getting that mind right to say come on, stick to the basics, stick to the basics, anything more, so I don’t think Bomac taught him anything differently; he just made him settle his brain down and stick to the basics, and the basics got the job done, nice stiff jab, nice steady head, uh, and that’s what he needed.

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Most fans know that Brian McIntyre, aka ‘BoMac,’ has been the rock behind the undefeated, two-division undisputed champion, Terence Crawford. A former fighter himself, apart from ‘Bud,’ he was in former champion Amir Khan’s corner when he took on Kell Brook last year.

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Do you agree with what Johnny Nelson mentioned? Do you also think the time was too short for ‘BoMac’ to claim credit for Eubank Jr.’s victory? Please share your thoughts and views with us in the comments below.

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Jaideep Unnithan is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. With over 400 articles authored at ES, Jaideep has built a reputation for diving deep into stories and producing detailed reports. Jaideep's passion for the sport of boxing was ignited when his father shared his experience of watching Ali vs Frazier live in the US.
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