Sunday, January 3, 2016

The 2015 Boxing Glove Awards: Breakout Fighter of the Year: Chris Eubank, Jr.

The Boxing Glove Breakout Fighter of the Year 2015
Chris Eubank Jr.

Chris Eubank Jr started 2015 with a vicious show of boxing and punching against the previously unbeaten Dmitry Chudinov on February 28th.  Eubank cut Chudinov’s face into a bloody mask and stopped him in the 12th round.  After an easy ‘ticking over’ 2nd round victory over Tony Jeter in October, Eubank ended the year with a thrilling 7th round stoppage win over the highly regarded Gary ’Spike’ O’Sullivan.  Despite visibly having the skills and speed to outbox O’Sullivan safely, Eubank Jr. chose to go toe-to-toe with the Irishman from the first bell, resulting in some scintillating, and savage exchanges.  When the dust had settled after 6 rounds of full throttle action, it was O’Sullivan who was being pulled out of the fight by his corner, after he was battered to a standstill by Eubank Jr.  

Eubank Jr. has a tough act to follow in his father, Chris Eubank Sr. In 2015, Eubank Jr. showed that he had the physical talent, and mental toughness to bounce right back from his only career defeat (to Billy Joe Saunders in late 2014), and show marked improvement in each of his 3 outings in 2015.  Eubank Jr. has already shown that he is a real world class talent, who could follow in his father footsteps, and win a world title.  He is now the number one challenger for WBA world middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs, but has already been talking about taking on the undisputed number one 160-fighter in the world, Gennady Golovkin.  One thing for sure is that, 2015 saw Chris Eubank Jr. prove himself to be far more than just the son of a famous ex- champion. He is now a rising star in his own right.  

Watch Chris Eubank, Jr. VS. Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan fight:

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