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Groves Unsure if Eubank Jr. Will Get Past Yildirim in WBSS

LONDON, United Kingdom -- Chris Eubank Junior defended his International Boxing Organisation (IBO) world super-middleweight title with a unanimous points decision win over Arthur Abraham in London on Saturday.

Eubank retained the belt he took in February with the three judges awarding him the contest 118-110, 118-110, 120-108 at the end of 12 absorbing rounds at the SSE Wembley Arena.

The Brighton-born boxer, with his father, the former middleweight champion Chris Eubank in his corner, proved too much of a handful for the decade older Abraham.

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The Armenian-born German manfully absorbed punch after punch from the fleeter-footed home favourite who kept up his relentless pounding until the final bell.

Eubank's reward is an invitation to the inaugural $50 million (£38.4m) World Boxing Super Series Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Eubank, who took his record to 25-1, paid tribute to Abraham.

"He's the most durable opponent I’ve faced. I hit him with every punch in the book. The statement was made.

"I’m happy with the performance. I got to show my skills, I got to go the 12 rounds and get the experience in."

His dad described his son as "the most talented fighter on the planet".

Eubank senior added: "I believe he’s the best in the world. Over the coming nine months, he will be able to clean the slate and come away with the Mohamed Ali trophy and all the belts."

But WBA champion George Groves, who faces Jamie Cox is the first round of the WBSS, is not sure that Eubank Jr. will get past Avni Yildirim in the first round.

"There is a potential I could meet Eubank, but he is in a hard fight against the Turkish lad," he said.

"I think this is a tournament that will really revolutionise boxing to a certain degree - there is eight of the best super-middleweights in the world in there together and we just can't wait to kick it off.

"Everybody is in it to win it and hopefully we will see some cracking fights."

The 29-year-old added: "I am the only current recognised world champion in there, Chris is now in there... so I am bringing the best prize to the table.

"They managed to bring the WBC diamond belt in as well, but no-one is the champion of that yet.

"The draw for me as well is that I come out of there as unified world champion as well as being involved in some big, cracking fights.

"I have been telling everyone I think I am the best in the division, and I will be able to claim that this time next year after I have won the World Boxing Super Series, so it has got to be done."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RuslanChagaev on 07-17-2017

No one speaks about Rob Brant so, what about Brant? is he skillful? If he not, i think Callum Smith has easy way!

Comment by Sparked_26 on 07-17-2017

Crolla essentially walked down that Barroso lad. I think Eubank Jr can hit a bit not buying that he's a non-puncher.

Comment by cally93 on 07-17-2017

[MENTION=12985955]jackblack008[/MENTION] - It does mate, but your right in the sense of not as much,,,recent examples would be both froch/groves fights and even more recent would be spence/brook. Also when Charlo was getting out boxed bad against John Jackson only…

Comment by jackblack008 on 07-17-2017

[QUOTE=cally93;17867054]Same, i remember an interview on IFLtv with degale talking about when he sparred yildrim, saying how tough he was. I completely agree about being shocked they chose him,,,like i said earlier that could bite them hard when they fight,…

Comment by SugarRayCurtain on 07-17-2017

I believe Eubanks biggest threat is not George Groves, but Callum Smith His size, height and power are dangerous so Eubank needs to be very cautious if they ever fight

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