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Sauerland: Eubank on the brink of ‘big, big announcement’

Chris Eubank Jr is on the verge of a major opportunity with an announcement due in the next 7-10 days, according to the world-rated middleweight’s promoter Kalle Sauerland.

The Brighton man returned from a 17-month absence to handily outpoint Marcus Morrison in his first fight with former pound-for-pound king turned trainer Roy Jones in Manchester in May.

That win may not have set the world of boxing alight, but the marketable Eubank remains well placed to face either of the WBA’s middleweight title holders Ryota Murata (Super) or Erislandy Lara (Regular) as the sanctioning body’s No.1 contender and ‘Interim’ champion.

“Eubank has got a massive, massive second half of this year,” Sauerland, the Head of Global Boxing at Wasserman, told Sky Sports.

“He’s obviously come back with that Morrison fight. We’re sitting down now to work out the plan for the rest of the year. Is it one more fight, let’s say at a domestic level? Do we go straight into the world title fight?

“There are lots of different discussions going on at the moment. Expect a big, big announcement in the next week to 10 days, I would say.

“We’re very, very excited because him and Roy Jones, it’s like the dynamic duo. Fantastic combination, fantastic link-up, and they’re just great fun to work with.

“[Eubank] is training really, really hard and I think he’ll be out late August, early September. That’s what we’re looking at right now. We’re meeting later this week to decide what route we go. There are two fights left this year, we know that, and it’s a question of what the trainer wants as well, which is something new by the way in the Eubank circle.

“Roy has got a big say there and junior obviously, and senior with his wisdom and years of experience. We’ve got a big board meeting, let’s call it that. You don’t often have that with boxers, it has a board meeting feel to it and we’re looking forward to that. That’s the end of this week. There is definitely world title action this year.”

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