Feature | Feb 22 2019

Chris Eubank Jr on whether he finds his father’s lack of faith disturbing

Meanwhile James DeGale looks to an old rival for inspiration on how to beat Chris Eubank Jr, writes John Dennen
Chris Eubank Jr
James DeGale & Chris Eubank Jr Weigh-In  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

CHRIS EUBANK SNR made an extraordinary public intervention during James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr’s pre-fight press conference this week. Normally Senior is Junior’s most influential cheerleader. On this occasion Eubank Jr had to sit stony-faced as his father confessed that he saw his son’s contest with DeGale as a 50-50 fight and was ‘petrified’ when it came to the result.

“He said spiritually maybe James has a slight edge,” Eubank Jr said. “James is the one talking about retirement. Maybe that is fuelling him because he knows that this is it if he loses. This is not it for me, regardless of the outcome. People are talking about retirement but it hasn’t come into my mind. I can’t even comment on that type of thing. I can only go in there and believe, which is what I do. I’m very self confident and now we have a proper corner and team around me to help me. I’m very confident.

“I wouldn’t say he [Senior] is doubting me. He says it’s a 50-50 fight, I don’t believe it’s a 50-50 fight. You have to speak to him about that, I don’t know what he means exactly by the things he says. I have to do what I’ve been trained to do. He hasn’t been in the country for the last three months so he hasn’t seen the work I’ve been doing. Maybe that is where his confidence is lacking because he doesn’t know what I’m going to do, but I know what I’m going to do. That’s enough.”