Chris Eubank Jr has been called many things and described in many different ways since turning professional in 2011. He is, to some, a superior athlete, a beast, a problem, a wrecking machine, a brawler, a danger, a force of nature, and a natural middleweight. But one term that isn’t usually applied to his name, at least in the context of what he does in the ring, is ‘intelligent’.
Ben Butler, however, a man who has sparred between 30 and 40 rounds with Eubank Jr ahead of the Brighton man’s fight with George Groves on Saturday (February 17), says intelligence is just one of the reasons why Eubank Jr will soon become WBA world super-middleweight champion.
“When sparring Eubank, you’re never in the safe zone,” says middleweight Butler, 5-0 in his own professional career. “He never takes it easy. He is there to better himself. He’s not going to take his foot off the pedal. He’s preparing to fight George Groves and he spars like he’s fighting George Groves. It’s intense. He’s very strong and his work rate is incredible. With Eubank, it’s not a case of getting hit once or twice, it’s that third, fourth, fifth or sixth time that’s devastating. It’s absolutely devastating.