Boxing News Now Editor Jordan Bright caught up with Chris during lockdown
Chris Eubank Jr. has spent most of his life being compared to his famous fighting father. Now comes the expectation of performing to new heights under his new trainer.
The Briton will now return to the ring with one of the most talented and colourful corners in boxing history. After a chance meeting, the 30-year-old British middleweight is currently on lockdown in Florida training under one of history's greatest fighters in Roy Jones Jr.
After stopping JJ McDonagh, Eubank Jr defeated James DeGale at The O2 last year before beating Matvey Korobov in Brooklyn before Christmas.
However, he is now hoping to take the next step in his career by linking up with none other than Jones Jr – a true legend of the sport.
“I am delighted to be working with Roy.
“I asked my father to contact Roy to see if it was possible to train with him, now I’m here. Roy is most definitely complex. From the way he trains and teaches you. I’m actually upset that I haven’t met this man early on in my career,” admits Eubank Jr. “The man is a genius.”
A pioneer of the game, given his supreme natural talent, Jones began to test himself throughout his career by moving seamlessly through the weight classes until making his mark in the heavyweight division.
Defeating John Ruiz for the WBA title in 2003, he became a four-weight world champion. Some would say it is a match made in heaven as he started at the same weight as Eubank Jr.
“Roy understands fighters and studies them to get the best out of them. These three months have been intense, I train five to six times a week, and it’s been a lot of learning,” the two-time IBO World middleweight titlist continued.
“With Roy I have gone back to basics, but I’m improving and adding his techniques to my arsenal.
“Definitely one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my career to come train with him. Roy and I are going to be working together for years.”
The current interim WBA super-middleweight champion has enjoyed a revival in his career since he was beaten by George Groves over two years ago in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final in Manchester.
Right now, both are training out of Jones Jr’s personal gym in Pensacola, Florida – a city right on the border of Alabama.
Aged 30, ranked No.7 in The Ring Magazine ratings, and approaching his ninth year as a paid puncher – his amateur career began in 2007 where he became a Golden Gloves Champion for Nevada in just his sixth fight – Chris is both ambitious and realistic when looking ahead.
He envisioned, “Three-four years left in prime fighting. Boxers usually start to decline between 34-35 years.
“Next few years… super active and fighting the best, world title fights before I decline. I want to be fighting the big names.”
Keeping with the theme of today’s climate, there is no certainty when Jr’s next fight could be.
“No scheduled fight that I am aware of. Watch this space.”