Chris Eubank Jr. Willing to Fight Canelo Alvarez, Heaps Praise on Trainer Roy Jones Jr.

Published 01/14/2021, 6:15 AM EST
Chris Eubank Jr. (R) of Great Britain and his coach and father Chris Eubank (M) stand together after their victory at the super middleweight quarterfinals of the IBO Boxing World Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, 7 October 2017. Photo: Marijan Murat/dpa (Photo by Marijan Murat/picture alliance via Getty Images)


Former super-middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr has claimed he is open to a fight against Canelo Alvarez. The outspoken Brit said the only way he would go back to 168 lbs is to entertain a fight against the super-star Mexican.

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Chris Eubank Jr celebrates victory over Renold Quinlan with his father Chris Eubank Snr after the IBO World super middleweight title bout at Olympia London. (Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images)

Eubank Jr also credited legendary boxer and his trainer, Roy Jones Jr for his resurgence in the sport. He gave an insight into how it has been working with the 4-weight world champion and why he enjoys it.

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Speaking to The Ring Magazine Eubank Jr said, “If Canelo is up for a showdown at 168, I would move back up for that fight. People are saying he’s pound for pound, people say he’s the biggest name in the sport, but I think I can beat him.”

He explained why he thinks he could beat Canelo. “I think I’m the one guy that has the style that could trouble Canelo Alvarez the most. I want the fight, I want the challenge, I want to show people that he isn’t invincible. If they put that fight in front of me, then I’m back at 168,” said Eubank Jr.

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Chris Eubank Jr credits Roy Jones Jr for his comeback

The Englishman’s confidence in beating Canelo is clear for everyone to see. However, this confidence comes from the fact that he’s been training under the legendary Roy Jones Jr. Of him, Eubank Jr said, “I’ve found someone who is a genius, a master, and he will be in my corner for the rest of my career.”

He then added, “I’m very grateful for the time he’s spent with me, and I’m very excited to move forward and achieve big things with him by my side.”

These comments showed how big of a difference ‘Captain Hook’ is making for the eccentric Brit.

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Eubank Jr gave an insight into the training under the legend. He claimed to have a fighting style that is hard to contain and credited Jones Jr for tweaking and developing it in a way he didn’t think was possible. Furthermore, Eubank Jr claimed ‘Captain Hook’ was big on boxing IQ and the mental aspect of the sport too.

Many have criticized the Englishman in the past for his lackluster discipline. Therefore, in Roy Jones Jr, he seems to have found the perfect trainer. Do you think Chris Eubank Jr can beat Canelo Alvarez under the tutelage of Roy Jones Jr?

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READ: “I Am Here to Learn From Him”- Chris Eubank Jr. Hails Roy Jones Jr.

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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