One of boxing’s most polarizing figures, Chris Eubank Jr. will climb through the ropes on July 15 to take on former world champion Arthur Abraham. The two will lock horns at SES Arena in London, England, and the action will be televised in America live on pay-per-view via Fite TV.
But more is on the line than just Eubank’s defense of his IBO 168-pound strap. The winner of the bout will earn entry into the super middleweight division of the World Boxing Series tournament, which includes the likes of George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs), Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs), Jamie Cox (23-0, 13 KOs), Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs), Rob Brant (22-0, 15 KOs) and Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs).
Eubank (24-1, 19 KOs) has captured a British and interim middleweight title in his career, but has yet to achieve his ultimate goal of hoisting a world title. Since losing on points to Billie Joe Saunders nearly three years ago, Eubank has won six in a row, all by knockout. He expects to do the same against Abraham when they meet for a minor super middleweight title.
“I look forward to testing myself against the best fighters out there,” Eubank Jr. said. "The Muhammad Ali Trophy is a great idea and I am thrilled to participate. I am taking one step at a time and right now all my focus is on the fight with Arthur Abraham. With just one win between me and the World Boxing Series, I am extremely motivated."
Abraham (46-5, 30 KOs) has taken on everybody that matters at 160 and 168 pounds in his career. “King” Arthur has beaten the likes of Martin Murray, Jermain Taylor, Edison Miranda and Raul Marquez. He snagged the IBF middleweight title back in ’05 and defended it nine times before moving up to super middleweight. The Armenian native won the WBO super middleweight crown on two occasions but lost it to Gilberto Ramirez in April 2016. He’s since won two in a row
“All my focus is on the difficult and spectacular fight in Wembley,” Abraham added. “I have to and I will defeat Eubank in a big fight. Then things will take off with the World Series of Boxing, which really is amazing. There are so many great fights in such a short period of time, like blow-by-blow. The boxing fans will really love it. I have been dreaming of having a tournament with the world's best boxers. I will become the world's best super middleweight. This really is the Champions League of Boxing and I am really looking forward to it.”
Also set to appear on the televised portion of the bill will be a showdown between IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (24-1, 9 KOs) and challenger Jonathan Victor Barros (41-4-1, 22 KOs).
Also scheduled to air live is a featherweight tilt between Kid Galahad (22-0, 13 KOs) and Jose Cayetano (21-5, 10 KOs), and a lightweight battle between Robbie Davis Jr. (15-0, 11 KOs) and Michal Syrowatka (18-1, 6 KOs).
The action will be televised live in the U.S. on pay-per-view for $24.95. The card will begin on Fite TV at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.
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