WBA interim-middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr. believes the formula to defeat Canelo Alvarez is to engage him with aggression.
Earlier this month, Canelo added another British boxer to victim list - when he stopped Billy Joe Saunders in eight rounds to unify the WBC, WBA, WBO super middleweight titles.
Canelo has also beaten Matthew Hatton, Amir Khan, Callum Smith, Rocky Fielding, Liam Smith and Ryan Rhodes
Eubank also saw action earlier this month, when he punished Marcus Morrison to a decision win.
He feels a decision win is too far out of reach, because he expects the official judges to side with Canelo.
“The only way to beat him – you’re not gonna beat him on points because he’s a powerhouse. I don’t know why you would try and go to points anyway because it’s gonna be hard to get a decision," Eubank Jr. told Fight Night on Talk Sport.
“You wanna actually take it to him, you wanna hurt him, you wanna get his respect so that he stops trying to load up on you. And these guys are dancing around the ring just trying to get away from him for 12 rounds, I don’t understand it. My game plan would be to take the fight to him, to just be as much of an animal as he is to them and be the same to him. See how he holds up, he’s just used to guys running away.”
Eubank was very surprised with Saunders performance. He felt his domestic rival had the wrong strategy and allowed Canelo to do way too much in the fight without consequences.
And Eubank wasn't too impressed with Canelo's showing in the bout.
He says the Mexican star was not very active and likely could have closed the show earlier had he stepped on the gas.
“Canelo was really, I was actually surprised at how little he was doing. I felt like if he had pressed him earlier he would’ve got him out of their earlier. He was happy to kind of just stroll forward, every once in a while land some nice clean shots, and then just kind of look at what he’s done and let Billy dance around and run off. Then he’d come back and eventually he just caught up with him. It wasn’t a great performance, he’s very active, very strong, but yeah he caught Billy with a shot in the eighth," Eubank said.