This World Boxing Super Series Middleweight clash sees IBO champion Chris Eubank Jr. defend his title against the dangerous, unbeaten Anvi Yildirim in an intriguing clash of styles and personalities. Victory will see Eubank Jr progress to the semi-finals of the WBSS, but can he emulate his father and win in Germany?
Our man runs the rule over both fighters and suggests a 14/1 shot that could leave Stan out for the count!
EUBANK JR. V YILDIRIM | Saturday 7th October | ITV Box Office, from 9pm (bout scheduled at 8pm)
Schleyer-Halle Arena, Stuttgart, Germany
Eubank Jr finds heaven in hell!
The last time we previewed a Chris Eubank Jr fight (v Abraham, here) we discussed how he is his own man, building his own legacy as he treads his own path following his famous father's footsteps. True, he is something of a polarising figure, and there are many complaints of him being all style and little substance, but that does him a disservice. Since his narrow loss to Billy Joe Saunders, the 28-year-old has gone seven fights unbeaten, including an impressive victory over the tough and tricky Abraham. His record stands at 25-1, with 19 knockouts, but he knows he's in for a real test tonight. Athletic with good power, he'll need to use his speed of thought if he is to prevail against the undefeated Yildirim.
And what of Yildirim? The 26-year-old cedes height and reach to Eubank Jr., and it will be interesting to note how he aproaches this fight. His unblemished CV has a couple of names of note on it, such as Glen Johnson and Marco Antonio Periban, who he beat last time out in Mexico, but in all honesty, Chris Eubank Jr is a step-up for the tough Turkish fighter, who has sparred with James DeGale in the past. With a huge Turkish population he'll have the crowd spurring him on, and the 4,000 fans have already started with the 'Welcome to Hell' banners. Does Eubank Jr. have the mental strength? He's certainly talking the talk: “As long as I get that win I don’t care. If there are thousands of Turks there screaming and booing, so be it. After this fight in Germany the next two will be in England, it will be an experience.” Time will tell if he walks the walk.
“Myself against Groves is the one the public want to see. That will be in England in January or February provided we do what we have to do first.”
If Eubank Jr. makes the mistake of looking past Yildirim then he could be in for a rude awakening. Yildirim is tough and something of an unknown quantity. His size will be problematic for Eubank Jr. and despite Eubank Senior's request that “I’m asking the referees to protect my son, but also protect my son’s opponent. Anvi is in danger in there." His style will cause Eubank problems. The Turk fights off the front foot and likes to get involved. If he can ruffle Eubank then he could spring a surprise, but we'll take Eubank to use his greater technical ability to pick Yildirim apart, with a stoppage in the 8/9th round at 14/1 calling!
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