Chris Eubank Jr. Blows Away Tom Doran in a Likely Prelude to a Match with GGG

Chris Eubank Jr. Blows Away Tom Doran – The fight between Chris Eubank Jr. and Tom Doran wasn’t billed as the chief supporting bout to Joshua vs. Breazeale on Eddie Hearn’s big show at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, June 25. That honor went to the 168-pound contest between George Groves and Martin Murray. However, Eubank Jr. vs. Doran attracted more international eyes than any other bout on the undercard. The reason was simple. Eubank Jr. is the presumptive opponent for WBA/WBC/IBF World middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin when Golovkin makes his next start. Here was an opportunity to assess his form.

It had been known for some time that Hearn, the head of the boxing division of Matchroom Sports, the promotional firm founded by his father, was working to bring Golovkin and Eubank Jr. together. Two days before the fight, Hearn told reporters that the match was virtually a done deal. The fight, he said, would take place in London sometime in September. As to whether GGG’s camp was willing to come to London, Hearn replied “Yes, 100 percent.”

Although undefeated (17-0, 7 KOs), Tom Doran, a Welshman, was hardly the best measuring stick. Eubank Jr. was expected to win handily and didn’t disappoint. He was in command from the opening bell. He battered Doran to the canvas with a flurry of heavy punches in round three and then knocked him down twice more with body shots in the next stanza. A third knockdown followed, Doran sinking to his knees from a glancing right hand. Doran’s corner tossed in the towel as the referee was waving it off.

In the post-fight interview, Eubank Jr. assessed his performance as “just another day at the office” and said “Golovkin, I’m coming for you.”

Eubank Jr. improved to 23-1 with his 18th knockout. His lone defeat came at the hands of Billy Joe Saunders. Eubank Jr. came on strong over the second half of the fight, but it was too little, too late. Saunders won a split decision and went on the capture the WBO World middleweight title. The win over Doran was Eubank’s fifth straight inside the distance since that mishap.

Eubank’s father had 24 pro fights under his belt when he won his first world title. The elder Eubank won titles in two weight classes and participated in 24 fights overall that were sanctioned for a world title. He retired in 1998 at age 31 with a record of 45-5-2.

Both Eubanks have expressed the opinion that GGG is very beatable. The undefeated (35-0) Kazakh has knocked out 32 opponents, including the last 22 in a row, but the Eubanks are unfazed. “Every fighter has a weakness,” says the younger Eubank. “My dad and I will find it and exploit it.” In another interview, Eubank Jr. said “All (Golovkin) really has, in my opinion, is powerful punches. As far as defense and boxing technique are concerned, I feel I can outbox him and outfight him and outbrawl him.”

Eubank Jr. believes that many of GGG’s opponents were in fear of him before they stepped into the ring. He says that won’t be the case when his time comes. He exudes confidence.

Chris Eubank Jr. Blows Away Tom Doran

 

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-Radam G :

C Eubank Junebug is not ready for 3g. Three g will beat him like a bad habit and no relapse. Holla!


-oubobcat :

C Eubank Junebug is not ready for 3g. Three g will beat him like a bad habit and no relapse. Holla!
What I found interesting is that Showtime showed this bout to open their telecast and then in studio openly talked about a Golovkin-Eubank fight in their studio. They essentially helped build this fight for HBO who has an exclusive deal with Golovkin. I wonder the reason for doing this. They did not have to show the Eubank fight or discuss a future fight with Golovkin. It was curious to say the least.


-Radam G :

What I found interesting is that Showtime showed this bout to open their telecast and then in studio openly talked about a Golovkin-Eubank fight in their studio. They essentially helped build this fight for HBO who has an exclusive deal with Golovkin. I wonder the reason for doing this. They did not have to show the Eubank fight or discuss a future fight with Golovkin. It was curious to say the least.
A sneak squash of the bulljive between tsAH and da BobFather. HBO and Showtime are plotting to do a PPV show with Da Manny against "The Program" Boner and 3g against C Eubank Junebug. Holla!


-oubobcat :

You may have hit it in the nose. Rumors are circulating that Pac-Broner is close to being done for October. Adding Golovkin-Eubank to the card would make it a huge event. This would explain Showtime too showing the Eubank fight and essentially promoting Golovkin-Eubank next.


-brownsugar :

Eubanks brings his daddy's name and notoriety, he's also mouthy, abrasive, and is certainly not devoid of skill, but from the little bit of him I've seen, his best quality is his mobility. He'll need it to survive GGG for any appreciable amount of time. ....at least he's known, moderately ranked, and will likely provide some lively entertainment for as long as it lasts. However I'm curious as to why both him and his dad want the fight so desperately? Is the family finances in need of an injection of cash? As beloved as Eubanks senior is, I can't imagine him hurting for cash. But it's plain to see that jr isn't quit ready, maybe someone got the scouting report wrong. I'm glad Showtime displayed the fight, they performed a public service to the fans who don't give a **** about network provider politics. HBO used to share boxing news universally but have used a high level of scrutiny when it comes to discussing Showtime fighters, but it looks a little dumb when the show completely ingnores newsworthy items of interest when fans have a vested interest in knowing the long term impact of various fight results. The long term benefit of transparency where boxing news is concerned can only raise the sports profile. I hope we can see more of it instead of watching both networks pretending that their guys are the only relevant boxers in the division. Great comments.


-Domenic :

Kudos to Showtime for touting Golovkin - Eubank. If the networks were smart, they'd realize that their collective goal should be the health of the sport. Then it's win-win for the networks, irrespective of who they have the exclusive rights to. If HBO or Showtime has a great, memorable card, that positive energy bleeds into the next card for the other network. And most boxing observers that subscribe to HBO, also subscribe to Showtime. It's so shortsighted, and frankly, bad business to deliberately not discuss a guy because he doesn't fight on your network. I'd think a top executive at HBO/Showtime would understand that, but for the most part, they don't. It's head scratching stupidity. Breazeale showed great courage, despite being thoroughly outclassed in every aspect except chin. It'll be hard to recover from that beating.


-Kid Blast :

Horrible mismatch that will do Chris no good.


-Kid Blast :

Kudos to Showtime for touting Golovkin - Eubank. If the networks were smart, they'd realize that their collective goal should be the health of the sport. Then it's win-win for the networks, irrespective of who they have the exclusive rights to. If HBO or Showtime has a great, memorable card, that positive energy bleeds into the next card for the other network. And most boxing observers that subscribe to HBO, also subscribe to Showtime. It's so shortsighted, and frankly, bad business to deliberately not discuss a guy because he doesn't fight on your network. I'd think a top executive at HBO/Showtime would understand that, but for the most part, they don't. It's head scratching stupidity. Breazeale showed great courage, despite being thoroughly outclassed in every aspect except chin. It'll be hard to recover from that beating.
Spot on.


-brownsugar :

Kudos to Showtime for touting Golovkin - Eubank. If the networks were smart, they'd realize that their collective goal should be the health of the sport. Then it's win-win for the networks, irrespective of who they have the exclusive rights to. If HBO or Showtime has a great, memorable card, that positive energy bleeds into the next card for the other network. And most boxing observers that subscribe to HBO, also subscribe to Showtime. It's so shortsighted, and frankly, bad business to deliberately not discuss a guy because he doesn't fight on your network. I'd think a top executive at HBO/Showtime would understand that, but for the most part, they don't. It's head scratching stupidity. Breazeale showed great courage, despite being thoroughly outclassed in every aspect except chin. It'll be hard to recover from that beating.
Yep, I have both so C'mon guys.... one monkey don't stop no show. Excellent comments from Domenic. Also that was a very rousing and dominant performance from Joshua, the guy is pure class and is a most welcome addition to the division. Ortiz should have been at ringside. I know he's HBO but the fans don't care, HBO and Ortiz's promoters need to do a better job of keeping his name in the public eye. Of course Wilder is a good match too. Wilder did good to walk away from the cheater and a stacked-deck fight promotion, Joshua is a much bigger and better fight. Breazeale I salute you. Even though you were lagging in skill, you gave it your best and fought your heart out. That's all that can be asked.


-Skibbz :

announcement for this fight is coming soon or so i'm told..


-brownsugar :

announcement for this fight is coming soon or so i'm told..
England has more champs than the U.S. now. Her Majesty's fighters have come a long ways since the days of Alan Minter I like Eubanks vs Golovkin. Chris junior is more than just a warm body, he's lively, confident, skilled, and cant be classified as being in the bum class. Let him have his shot, he won't die and he may become a better fighter after the loss


-Kid Blast :

The following are champions from an area where the population is not all that big: Tyson Fury, linear heavyweight Anthony Joshua, IBF heavyweight Tony Bellew, WBC cruiserweight Liam Smith, WBO junior-middleweight James DeGale, IBF super-middleweight Billy Joe Saunders, WBO middleweight Kell Brook, IBF welterweight Ricky Burns, WBA super-lightweight Terry Flanagan, WBO lightweight Anthony Crolla, WBA lightweight Lee Selby, IBF featherweight Lee Haskins, IBF bantamweight Jamie McDonnell, WBA bantamweight With sage matching--- and with Luke Campbell, Chris Eubank, Stephen Smith, and David Haye lurking and Khan still viable, albeit perhaps in the Olympics, the number could even grow or at the least remain intact. And with the UK, unlike the US, slapping stiff penalties on dopers like Kid Galahad, boxing is alive and well across the pond as perhaps never before.


-Yogo :

Jnr's dispatching all the domestic standard opponents with brutal ease, he deserves a shot at the best even if its because the majority of the other so called world class MW's are patiently waiting for Triple G to turn 42. It's nice as a Brit to see proper boxing aficionados taking note of this current crop of home grown fighters, in fact it's great that a site like this exists away from the racist biased rubbish one generally reads online. Other young Brit prospects to look out for include Kal Yafai and Nigel's lad Conor Benn.


-KO Digest :

Eubank's Dad won't let Golovkin kill his son.


-brownsugar :

Eubank's Dad won't let Golovkin kill his son.
I'm sure he wont , Eubanks Sr is well acquainted with "dangerous fighters".


-Skibbz :

England has more champs than the U.S. now. Her Majesty's fighters have come a long ways since the days of Alan Minter I like Eubanks vs Golovkin. Chris junior is more than just a warm body, he's lively, confident, skilled, and cant be classified as being in the bum class. Let him have his shot, he won't die and he may become a better fighter after the loss
Yup and there could be more on the cards by the end of the year too. A lot of the fighters over the last 20 years have had really tough amateur careers circuiting Europe and south america and whilst a lot of them haven't made good pros (as if often the case), they give the fighters more suited to the professional ranks generally a high bar to compete at in every aspect from technique to training and fitness in the gyms. There's also a clear direction given to these fighters a lot of the time by experienced coaches and trainers who have been there done that and got the shirt. The british public haven't got the digestive problems the US public has at the moment after the Floyd Showtime era and we're eager to go support the fighters and fans. All of those factors has culminated in british boxing rising to the top. I think you're right Suge. Let him have his shot. Everytime I see him live and in person you are just amazed by his conditioning even if you have been around professional sports all your life and you can't really pay a greater compliment to an athlete than that. He takes his craft like a true professional and that's as much testament to his own determination and will as it is the skill of his trainers and management team. He is one of the finest thoroughbreds in boxing today - [U]and this is coming from someone who was NOT a fan until his last two or three fights![/U] (I've always said everyone has to earn their respect and no one is just given the nod). Just a further point to add, I think we have to take it into account that a loss for Golovkin may be easier to stomach than a loss for Eubank for the respective fighters. It may strike weird but when you think about it, Golovkin reaches absolute maturity within the next 20-30 months whereas Junior still has 10 times that number to go in his career if all things go smooth and he doesn't take too much hurting. If he loses he's had a great run, shone some light on his country and will go down in the annals as one of the hardest hitting middleweights. The only shame that no one has control of is that he never got to fight the other Middleweight Greats and during his time had no one really to fight.


-Skibbz :

Jnr's dispatching all the domestic standard opponents with brutal ease, he deserves a shot at the best even if its because the majority of the other so called world class MW's are patiently waiting for Triple G to turn 42. It's nice as a Brit to see proper boxing aficionados taking note of this current crop of home grown fighters, in fact it's great that a site like this exists away from the racist biased rubbish one generally reads online. Other young Brit prospects to look out for include Kal Yafai and Nigel's lad Conor Benn.
Add Felix Cash to the mix. Absolutely stunning boxer with a huge future. EDIT: Here are two clips of Cash one in the amateurs and one of his recent pro debut. He was a star amateur boxer and will go onto great things in the pros.


-Skibbz :

video number 2:


-brownsugar :

video number 2:
Thanks for the advanced look Skibbz, Cash looks like an interesting prospect. Its amazing how boxing talent in sports is such a migratory quality....and now its found its way to the UK in a big way. Hopefully now we can finally stop talking about the "Golden Days" with Sugar Ray and the likes of Lennox Lewis and move forward with a brand new resurgence originating in the UK and being led by fighters like A.Joshua and Callum Smith..... time will tell. But don't worry about us Yanks, we are winners too, we will find a way to bounce back, we always do.......queue the sound of the the Star Bangled Banner playing with nukes blowing up in the background.