By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
CHRIS EUBANK JR insists he is creating his own path in the sport.
The up and coming middleweight goes into his 17th fight this weekend on the undercard of Tyson Fury v Alexander Ustinov in Manchester knowing it is his chance to shine on the big stage.
Many believe Eubank Jr is being given an easy passage through the pro game because of his father, a former two-weight world champion and one of Britain's best ever fighters.
The 24-year-old boasts the same cocksure charisma as his dad and jumps the top rope like his old man once did back in his glory days, but is adamant he isn't trying to be a copycat.
He said: "I don't even actually see it as following my father's footsteps. It's nothing to do with my father, I'm doing everything I do for myself.
"I don't ever think about what my dad did. I do what is best for me and what I want to do.
"Obviously he has done amazing things in his career and I want to emulate that but I'm not following anything.
"I'm making my own path and I have to do it my own way."
The undefeated middleweight is up against Ivan Jukic on Saturday night in his first 10-round bout.
But it is a fight with Billy Joe Saunders, who fights for the European title on the same bill, that the public want to see.
Saunders, 24, has publically blasted his British rival and this is where Eubank Jr cannot deny he is similar to his father as he knows the right words to cut down his future opponents.
Eubank Jr said: "I think he is trying to become a name on the back of my name. It doesn't annoy me as some of the things he says are stupid and make him look bad.
"He's the British champion and he is calling me out. It's supposed to be the other way around.
"For me it just proves and shows what I'm doing is right, I'm on track and the guy everyone wants to fight because I'm the biggest name out there even though he is the champion.
"They want to use me as a stepping stone, as a shortcut beating the big name but what they don't understand is the hardest shortcut they will ever try to take.
"I want to punish him for the words he has used, it is very disrespectful, unprofessional to talk about me in that way."
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