Chris Eubank Jr Reacts to “Surreal” Second Fight Cancellation

Published 10/03/2021, 6:22 PM EDT


Chris Eubank Jr is eyeing a middleweight title challenge in December. However, before reaching that stage, he was scheduled to face Sven Elbir on Saturday; however, he was ruled out of the matchup as he tested positive for COVID.

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As a last-minute replacement, 33-year-old Anatoli Muratov (24-2-0) stepped in to fight Chris Eubanks Jr. However, Muratov was held back from participating in the fight. Even his second opponent was ruled out on medical grounds; the British Boxing Board of Control did not clear him to fight.

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Even with two consecutive setbacks in terms of not being able to actually fight an opponent, Chris Eubanks Jr. is already looking forward to the next matchup.

The 2-time IBO super-middleweight champion recently issued a statement on Twitter. He apologized to his fans and highlighted despite all obstacles in the way, he will continue to drill through.

Chris Eubank Jr. will still fight this month

In an interview, he shared that nothing of this sort has ever happened to him and that it all seems “surreal”. He added that he is still on track to fight this month and will fight regardless of this setback. Eubank Jr. is likely to be given a mandatory title fight by the WBA. By getting through this fight, the 32-year old British super-middleweight could get a golden shot at a title shot.

Nothing like this has ever happened in my career. First opponent gets Covid, second opponent fails a medical the day of the fight. It’s surreal. It doesn’t seem real.

Everything happens for a reason and the plan now is to fight in two weeks’ time. We’re still on route. The plan is still to fight this month, so we’re OK.

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The plan was and still is to fight in December. We need to fight this month so that I can have enough time to rest and then have a new training camp for a fight in December.

It’s vital that I get out this month and fight because a big name or a world title fight is waiting for me in December,said Chris Eubanks Jr.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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