OPPORTUNITY: Eubank Jr
CHRIS EUBANK Jr returns to the ring against interim WBA world middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov at London’s O2 Arena on February 28.
The Brighton star features as chief support on the massive fight card headlined by Tyson Fury’s WBO International Heavyweight title defence against Christian Hammer.
For Eubank Jr it’s an immediate high-level comeback into championship action following his very close split decision loss to bitter rival Billy Joe Saunders in November. Although it was the 25-year-old’s first career loss in 19 fights, many ringside observers felt that he showed the qualities of a future champion which will be improved with more big fight experience.
He now gets to prove his mettle when he faces tough Russian Chudinov whose unbeaten in 16 fights with nine KO’s and has made two defences of the interim WBA world title.
A win for Eubank could also see a mouthwatering rematch against Saunders with two world titles on the line if Saunders is successful in his WBO world title challenge against new champion Andy Lee when the fight is confirmed.
Promoter Frank Warren said: “It’s been a busy Christmas period, but I’m delighted to secure world title fights for Chris in the new year which is fantastic news.
“For Chris, it was a close fight against Billy and the loss to a big rival would have been hard to take, but he now has a great opportunity to go straight back into the ring and claim a world championship belt and prove that he’s learnt from the loss and show that he’s the real thing.