THE bitter animosity between British super-middleweight rivals James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jnr fired up again when the pair came head-to-head behind closed doors to film a special programme for fight broadcaster ITV Sport.
With the big fight just under three weeks’ away, the bad blood is boiling up between the long-time enemies. The feud has stretched to nearly eight years, ahead of their grudge match, promoted by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and Poxon Sports on February 23 at The O2. It will be broadcast exclusively live on ITV Box Office.
The fiery confrontation took place at a gritty converted former industrial factory in the backstreets of East London last week where DeGale and Eubank got up close-and-personal to film ITV Sports’ The Big Fight: DeGale vs Eubank Jr – Face to Face.
The special programme will broadcast on fight week and forms part of an unprecedented week of original programming content for ITV Sport, culminating in the big-fight on Saturday night.
In one heated exchange DeGale ridiculed Brighton star Eubank Jnr’s claims that he would outbox the more experience Olympic and two-time IBF champion. DeGale stormed: “You think you can outbox me? I’ve won an Olympic Gold medal and world titles. You’re a joke.”
Eubank Jnr later ripped into DeGale and promised he would claim the rest his teeth, referring to the brutal world title unification fight between DeGale and Badou Jack in January 2017 when the Londoner’s two front teeth were punched out. Eubank mocked: “You’ve already had your two front teeth knocked out, I’m going to take the rest of them home with me.”
Even after Clarke had finished his questioning and filming had concluded, the pair continued to have an angry exchange and tellingly they bluntly refused to shake hands after Clarke looked for a sign of respect between them. DeGale coldly said, “I’m not shaking his hand until after the fight.”
The Big Fight: DeGale vs Eubank Jr – Face to Face certainly promises to be compelling and gripping viewing for the watching audience on ITV ahead of the eagerly anticipated DeGale v Eubank mega-fight when it premieres on Thursday 21st February at 2345.