Chris Eubank Jr Scored Dominant Decision Win In Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr. was looking for an impressive performance to set up a possible World Middleweight title shot later in 2022. And, on Saturday night in Cardiff, Wales, he got it with a lopsided dominant 12 performance over fellow contender Liam Williams.
Eubank, the son of the former two-division world champion, was in complete control from early in the fight, including scoring a first-round knockdown with a straight left jab dropping Williams onto the seat of his pants in a corner. Williams got up, but Eubank continued to pressure him including landing a solid right just before the first round bell.
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Eubank was aggressive in round two and scored the second knockdown of the night with a hard left hook catching Williams coming in just over a minute and a half into the round. Another knock down occurred in the fourth round, when Eubank, now 32-2, caught Williams again coming in with a jab. And at that point, it became apparent that Williams would have to do something spectacular with a big punch to turn the fight around.
That never happened as Eubank continued to out-land him throughout the contest Eubank appeared to be the fresher fighter late and Williams continued to hold and roughhouse Eubank. Eubank scored effectively in the 10th on Williams and at that point the referee began to look closer about potential stoppage. Williams survived the 10th, but Eubank eventually knocked him down for a fourth time with a right hand in the 11th stanza.
That sealed a unanimous decision by lopsided scores of 117-109, 116-109 and 116-108. The win was the sixth straight for the English 160 lb. contender.
“I’m happy with the performance, I wanted to teach this man a lesson,” Eubank said after the bout. “He said some very menacing things to me leading up to this fight and I wanted to punish him”
“I actually thought about it before I got in the ring and I was like ‘I don’t even want to knock this guy out in the first round, I want to punish him’.”
And, he did.
Earlier than night in the co-feature, Women’s Unified Middleweight world champion Claressa Shields made the latest defense of her championship with an equally dominant 10-round decision over Ema Kozin of Slovenia. Shields, now 12-0, was fighting in a boxing match for the first time since early 2021 after she went 1-1 as an MMA fighter in a octagon.
The Flint Michigan native continually scored with her jab and hard right left to sweep the fight on all three cards 110-90.
Shields said in the ring after the fight that she now wants Britain’s Savannah Marshall in her next bout.
“I thought there were plenty of moments where the referee should have stopped it,” Shields said. “I hurt her a whole lot, she is going to feel it when she goes home and I won every single round.
The girl that I want is Savannah Marshall,” she said. “That’s why I am here. She knows that’s why I am here. I done my job, her job is March 12, then I see her back here.”
Marshall owns the fourth Middleweight crown that Shields doesn’t have, and, she also owns an amateur win over Shields at the World Championships in 2012. It’s likely the two will meet later in 2022.