London - Chris Eubank Jnr will have his third professional fight at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on the supporting bill to Tyson Fury’s battle with Martin Rogan for the vacant Irish heavyweight title on April 14 and says he is keen to show the Irish fans that he has what it takes to go right to the top, just like his father who boxed many times in Ireland.
The unbeaten middleweight knows that comparisons will be made by the Irish supporters who witnessed his father box Ray Close at the King’s Hall as well Steve Collins twice in Cork for the WBO World super-middleweight title but the 22-year-old insists that doesn’t worry him.
Eubank Jnr has already drawn great interest from boxing fans with many believing he is one of the hottest prospects in British boxing and now he has the chance to shine on the Hennessy Sports bill ‘Unfinished Business’ on April 14.
“It’s great to be boxing in Belfast because everybody knows that they are real hardcore boxing fans and they know a good fighter when they see one,” commented Eubank Jnr.
“I feel that I am improving with every fight and I want to show the Irish fans just how good I am and how good I can go on to be. I’m not the finished article but I am working very hard in the gym and one day I believe I can be world champion.
“I think the Irish fans respected my father because of the world title fights he had with Steve Collins and Ray Close and my dad has often talked to me about those fights.
“Now it’s my turn and some people already see some comparisons between me and my dad, how I box and the way he used to. He liked to put on a show and so do I.”
Eubank Jnr, trained by his dad’s former coach Ronnie Davies, has already featured live on Channel 5 and will once again enjoy the terrestrial TV exposure as he seeks to continue building his reputation and learning his trade.
“I enjoy having a lot of attention, it inspires me to box well. The Odyssey Arena is meant to be a great arena and the main event is a great fight so I’m really pumped up for this fight,” commented the middleweight prospect.
Joining Tyson Fury, Martin Rogan will be middleweight sensation Chris Eubank Jr from Brighton, Former Commonwealth Champion Irishman John O'Donnell, Belfast fighters Dee Walsh, Darren Corbett, Tommy Tolan, Ciaran Healy, Marc Mccullough, Conall Carmichael, Moses Matovu and County Mayo’s Michael Sweeney
Tickets for the UNFINISHED BUSINESS event at the Odyssey Arena on April 14th are priced at £155, £105, £65, £44, £33 and £27.50 and can be purchased from the Odyssey Arena Box Office on 028 9073 9074, or via Ticketmaster on 0844 277 4455 (24 hour).
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Tony Bellew has promised Merseyside he will kick-off next week’s huge sporting weekend with victory against Danny McIntosh in ‘The Big Bang’ on Friday April 13 live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 from the Echo Arena, Liverpool.
The Everton-mad British light heavyweight title champion defends his title against the former European champ, and will head down to Wembley the following day to watch his beloved Toffees take on city rivals Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final at lunchtime, which is then followed by the Grand National at Aintree later in the afternoon.
Everton saw off Sunderland in a quarter-final replay to book the date with the red half of the city, and the ‘Bomber’ said that gave him an extra boost as he trains for the McIntosh clash.
“I wouldn't miss Wembley for the world,” said Bellew. “I'll get McIntosh out of the way whatever way it has to go then I'll be in the first car down there on Saturday. I've never been happier to be running at the crack of dawn as I was after the Sunderland win, it’s given me a huge boost ahead of a very big night in my career. It's great to be fighting on Sky Sports again and my performance will be seen by a lot of people. It's a big opportunity in the spotlight and an honour to kick-off a huge sporting weekend for Merseyside with the football and the Grand National.”
McIntosh is confident he can rip the title from Bellew in front of his own fans and spoil the party and Bellew is wary of the qualifications the Norwich man has as a former European champion. The champ says that ideas of McIntosh using this fight to get to common foe Nathan Cleverly are wide of the mark though, with Bellew coming into the fight on the back of a narrow loss to the Welshman for his WBO title and McIntosh having fought him for the British and Commonwealth belts in July 2009.
“Danny's got good credentials – he's a former European champion and jokers don't win that belt,” said Bellew. “He's got to be respected and I'm certainly not taking him lightly, I know he can punch. But for him to talk about facing Cleverly again is just hype because he went in there and got bounced off the canvas like a yo-yo. He was down a few times and he didn't want to know – anyone who goes down and backflips off the floor in my eyes shouldn't be going down in the first place.
“He needs to take the game and himself more seriously. But I am definitely taking him seriously, no danger there and I am fully prepared for 12 hard rounds and I cannot wait to be back in the ring, in front of a big crowd and live on Sky Sports.”
Tickets are priced at £30, £40, £60 and £80 with VIP tickets at £150.