Former WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith says that though fellow Brit Chris Eubank Jr has the pulling power to secure big fights, his natural ability will make it a struggle for him to beat the top names between 160-168lbs. 

Eubank, who recently joined forces with Team Sauerland, is hoping to secure a crack at the world’s biggest names at middleweight, with IBF champion Gennady Golovkin being his top target. 

“He can get in the mix because his name always brings a lot. He carries his dad’s name so he has a big profile. He talks a good fight so will always talk himself into big fights,” Smith said to Sky Sports.

“But as we’ve seen in the Billy Joe Saunders fight and the Groves fight, when he steps up to the highest level, his lack of boxing ability seems to let him down. He is very fit, athletic, strong. 

“He’s a better middleweight than he is a super middleweight. But at the very top level he lacks the natural ability to beat the top guys. He will always be in a position to be in those fights. But I don’t see him beating any of the top ones.”