Chris Eubank Jr. wants to prove his credentials by facing Canelo Alvarez as soon as the Mexican star emerges from his legal dispute with promoters Golden Boy and US streaming network DAZN.
Eubank (29-2, 22 KOs) currently holds the WBA interim title at 160lbs and is the sanctioning body’s No.1 contender at a weight where Canelo is currently champion. The Brighton man hopes the WBA enforces a fight with the Mexican soon though four-weight champion Canelo may have other plans.
“The fight has to happen,” Eubank told the BBC. “It’s one so many fight fans are calling for. I’m number one contender so he needs to fight me or give up that belt.
“I wouldn’t say I’m unfulfilled. I’ve had a great career, made a name for myself in the sport and I’m financially stable for the rest of my life. But is there more I can achieve? Absolutely. And I will achieve those things.”
A bullish Eubank says he feels revitalised after linking up with new trainer Roy Jones Jr. earlier this year.
“At this stage of my career I don’t think it’s possible to completely change a fighter but I have this renewed energy now with Roy that I didn’t think was possible,” said Eubank.
“Now I’m excited about what am I going to learn. I’ve never really had this relationship with anyone in boxing. I have learned a hell of a lot from my father but he hasn’t been able to be there day in, day out like a real trainer needs to be. This time and moment in history has been a blessing to me. No disrespect to anyone affected negatively by Covid-19. If it hadn’t have happened, I wouldn’t be where I am now.”