After a couple of Covid-19-inspired postponement, we’re finally set to chime the bell on a fierce British middleweight grudge match.
Chris Eubank Jr. is travelling to the lion’s den in Cardiff to take on Liam Williams, spearheading BOXXER and Sky Sports’ February slate.
Neither man is on the other’s Christmas card list, and we’re expecting fireworks on Saturday night at the opening bell.
The Roy Jones Jr. factor
Under the tutelage of former pound-for-pound king, now trainer, Roy Jones Jr., Chris Eubank Jr. has matured as a fighter.
He no longer goes heat-seeking for 2:55 of the 3-minute rounds, but instead uses poise and patience to prize open opportunities.
He’s still not perfect and Eubank will have to listen closely to the American if he is to avoid getting drawn into a slug-fest with Williams in Cardiff.
If Eubank can continue to be more economical with his attacks then he’ll be heavily favoured in this contest.
A morning on the beach ? with Chris Eubank and Roy Jones jnr pic.twitter.com/kfTDrUeEKW
— Richard Pelham (@DickiePelham) February 2, 2022
Neither man has been KO’d over their career, sharing sharing 60 fights between them.
This is testament to the conditioning of both Eubank and Williams with not much expected to change on Saturday night.
Both guys are big, strong middleweights and own as much pride as they have guts.
There is a high chance that this 160-pound contest catches fire at some point, with a trade-off testing both mens punch resistance.
Eubank and Williams both own solid KO percentages but pinning either to the canvas in Cardiff will be a tough ask.
— Liam Williams ??????? (@Liamwilliamsko) January 28, 2022
Patience is a virtue for Chris Eubank Jr.
The home fighter is expected to march forward on the front foot all night, and it’ll be up to Eubank to slip, roll and counter Williams’ advances off the back foot.
Eubank’s work oozes class when he finds his groove – it might take a couple of rounds to work out the Welshman, but when he does, he should dominant the exchanges.
Williams will have to rough Eubank up if he is to get the edge in this grudge match and negate the smoother style of Eubank.
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) February 1, 2022