By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
CHRIS EUBANK JNR’S dad used to walk out to ‘Simply The Best’ by Tina Turner.
But the son of the former two-weight world champion currently has more of a ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ feel to his career.
Eubank Jnr, 27, faces hardened veteran Arthur Abraham tonight at Wembley Arena with the winner securing a spot in the lucrative World Boxing Super Series tournament.
The Brighton-based boxer has lost just once in 25 outings and is edging towards a shot at a more prestigious world title.
But he has warned his rivals that he is still far from the finished article and is only going to improve.
“I’m in my prime years at the moment, but I’m at the start of that,” said Eubank Jnr. “I’m still learning, still developing, still getting better.
“In two years’ time you are going to see even more from me. I will be an upgraded version of what I am now. There’s a lot of things I’m working on and perfecting.”
But to really be considered an elite fighter, Eubank Jnr needs to fight the best.
This clash with Abraham is his toughest test since he was beaten by now WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in 2014.
The German-based Armenian has only lost to elite fighters such as Andre Ward and Carl Froch in a 51-fight career that has also seen him reign as WBO super-middleweight king.
Eubank Jnr will have to be at his best to come through the clash unscathed and book a spot in the quarter-finals of the World Boxing Super Series against tough Turk Avni Yildirim.
The winner of that clash against Yildirim will face either WBA champion George Groves or Jamie Cox in the last four which means Eubank Jnr is two wins away from a credible world title shot.
Eubank Jnr considers the IBO belt he defends tonight as a legitimate world crown but it is not one of the four major belts and he still needs a huge fight to really show if he is among the best.
He could have faced middleweight king Gennady Golovkin last year but did not sign the contract on offer on time and Kell Brook stepped in.
It is only when he faces the likes of Groves, IBF champion James DeGale, or moves back down to middleweight to take on Golovkin or Saunders, that he will earn real recognition.
“This is my time now,” he said. “I’m 27 and I’m after the biggest names. I need to start fighting the people that the public want to see me fight against.
“It’s not just up to me though, it’s up to the other fighters to get into the ring.
“It really doesn’t seem like they want it but eventually something has got to give. I will get my chances over the next 12 months.”