DEGALE VS. EUBANK JR & JOYCE VS. STIVERNE PRESS CONFERENCE & WEIGH-IN VIDEOS
Eubank, the son of one of England’s most beloved boxers, also realizes he is running out of opportunities to prove he can accomplish at least some of what his ever-confident father has repeatedly predicted for him. Seven years and 29 fights into his professional career, Eubank is viewed as an underachiever who lost his two biggest fights – both to domestic rivals in world or domestic championship matches that could’ve changed the course of his career.
A year before Billy Joe Saunders won the WBO middleweight title, he edged Eubank by split decision in a 12-round middleweight fight for two British 160-pound championships. Three years later, George Groves, then the WBA super middleweight world champion, beat Eubank more convincingly than Saunders in another 12-rounder during which Eubank failed to adjust and often missed Groves by loading up and swinging wildly.
Fifty-three weeks following his loss to Groves, Eubank has yet another chance to use a more established Englishman as a springboard to big things in the boxing-loving United Kingdom.
The scheduled 12-round battle between DeGale (25-2-1, 15 KOs) and Eubank (27-2, 21 KOs) will headline a “Premier Boxing Champions” show on ITV in the UK.
Their main event at O2 Arena in London also will be broadcast live in the United States by Showtime as part of a doubleheader that’ll include unbeaten British heavyweight Joe Joyce. The 6-feet-6, 260-pound Joe Joyce (7-0, 7 KOs) is set to face former WBC champ Bermane Stiverne (25-3-1, 21 KOs) in the 12-round opener of a 3:45 p.m. ET/12:45 p.m. PT telecast.
DeGale defeated Caleb Truax in his last fight, an immediate rematch of perhaps boxing’s biggest upset of 2017. At 33, the London native intends to prove versus Eubank that all those grueling fights and accompanying injuries haven’t quite eliminated everything that made him one of the sport’s elite super middleweights relatively recently.
The 29-year-old Eubank expects the DeGale that defeated Dirrell to enter the ring Saturday night.
“He’s the type of fighter who rises to the occasion,” Eubank said. “If he’s got someone he doesn’t respect or fear, then that shows in his performance. He respects me and knows what is coming, so he is going to be on form.”
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