British middleweight contender, Chris Eubank Jr., is looking to take a large step up in competition and get a potential title shot. And, one fighter that he has set his sights on is the unbeaten 160 lb. champ Jermall Charlo.
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports released Monday morning, Eubank directed both taunts and also a desire to get a shot at the 30 – 0 Charlo, who has already made three successful defenses of his WBC belt:
"He is not a likable guy. I would take great pleasure in bringing him down a peg or two."@ChrisEubankJr EXCLUSIVE
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“He is not a likeable guy. Some people say I’m arrogant or cocky but I’m a down to earth, decent guy. This guy’s head is in the clouds. He thinks that he’s more than he is.
Eubank finished with, “I would take great pleasure in taking him down a peg or two.”
Eubank was last in action on the undercard of Charlo’s latest title defense last December at Barclays Center in New York. Charlo stopped Dennis Hogan in 7 rounds for his 22nd career knockout.
And, earlier on the undercard Eubank fought Russian Matt Korobov, but the fight was a tainted disappointment as Korobov injured his left shoulder late in the first round. And, Korobov could not continue with the fight being stopped due to injury 30 seconds into round two.
Eubank, the son of the former popular British fighter in the 80s and 90s, improved to 29-2 with the stoppage and it’s potentially put him in position to fight Charlo, when boxing resumes later this summer.
The younger Eubank earlier got a win over British Contender James DeGale in February of 2019, however he previously lost the most important fight of his career on a 12-round decision to George Groves in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series 168 lb. tournament.
As for Jermall Charlo, he’s the former IBF Jr. Middleweight champion, as well. And, he’s looking to step up in competition for his 160 lb. title and may not be interested in Eubank, who isn’t much of a known commodity in the United States.
This, as last December’s win over Korobov was the first time that Eubank had ever fought in America.
Still the fact that Eubank was willing to be on Charlo’s card last December indicates that Premier Boxing Champions may have interest in pairing the two later this year.