Chris Eubank Jr, the son of the former world champion, believes he can be even better than his father after winning on his professional debut. The 21-year-old middleweight stopped Lithuanian Kirilas Psonko in the fourth round on the undercard of Tyson Fury's Commonwealth title defense last Saturday.
"I've got royal blood coursing through my veins. I can't help myself doing what my father did," he told the Sun. "I want to be able to prove I can become the same or better than him. It's been my dream ever since I was a young teen. There's a lot to live up to but it makes me want to work harder to prove myself."
Eubank Jr was accompanied to the ring for a six-round contest by his father, to Tina Turner's Simply The Best - the same anthem that greeted his dad's ring-walks. The similarities continued after the bell as the younger version, looking fast and stylish, gradually wore down Psonko, who maintained a high defensive guard throughout. During his own career Eubank Sr was unbeaten at middleweight, winning the WBO title with victory over Nigel Benn in 1990.