By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
CHRIS EUBANK JR will train alongside Floyd Mayweather before going for the British middleweight title next year. Eubank Jr plans to train with Floyd Mayeather in Vegas.
The unbeaten Brighton prospect takes on Bulgarian Alexey Ribchev over eight rounds in Rotherham tonight.
British boxing bosses announced this week that Eubank, 23, will face Nick Blackwell in a final eliminator for the British crown.
And as part of his training, Eubank Jr intends to fly to Las Vegas to work out alongside American superstar Mayweather.
Eubank Jr said: "I trained with Floyd's dad when I was living in Las Vegas a few years ago.
"I got to watch Floyd train and saw how he prepared for fights. His training ethic is second to none.
"Floyd watched me sparring when I was 19. I hurt the other guy with a body shot and Floyd jumped up and shouted, 'That's the sort of fighter I want in my gym'.
"I'm hoping to go back to Vegas to train at Mayweather's gym early next year, maybe before I start going for the British title.
"It's good to know the British Boxing Board of Control think so highly of me after only 10 fights.
"I'm ready for it but I've got to take these baby steps and have experiences like my next fight."
Eubank Jr admits he feels the pressure of expectation because of his famous dad Chris, who won world titles at middleweight and super-middleweight in the 1990s.
He added: "When people hear my name they expect me to be really good or even better than my dad.
"That puts a lot of pressure on me, but I thrive on that."
Eubank's 11th pro fight is part of the undercard for Kid Galahad against Jazza Dickens, who are both unbeaten. And Galahad's trainer Dominic Ingle claims Dickens has found it hard making weight before the vacant British super-bantamweight title clash.
He said: "We know Jazza is going to be struggling to make weight.
"And after six or seven rounds, when he runs out of gas, that's when he will be knocked out. It'll be a good fight while it lasts."