Betting | Feb 22 2019

James DeGale v Chris Eubank Jr – the best bets

Niall Hickman wonders if the bookies are right to favour Chris Eubank Jr over James DeGale
James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr
James DeGale & Chris Eubank Jr Weigh-In  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

RARELY has a fight of this magnitude had such a Brexit-vote split decision. Rewind two years ago and the figures were around 52-48 percent in favour of Britain leaving the EU and ask boxing fans around the country who is their choice from James DeGale or Chris Eubank Jr and you would receive a similar response.

DeGale would probably just about shade it as he has performed at a higher, elite level than his opponent for longer, but his gradual downhill trajectory has continued apace, despite back-to-back victories over Caleb Truax and Fidel Munoz. OK, so the 33-year-old Londoner won both, but that is pretty much the only positive element which came out of the bouts against low key boxers. Munoz had actually lost five of his previous six fights before stepping into the ring with DeGale.

So is Chunky on the slide? All the evidence since his world title draw against Badou Jack two years ago suggests an emphatic yes. Defeat to Truax was a shocker and there has been precious little since then, despite a re-match victory over Minnesota’s journeyman.


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