Within the last 12 months, few world-class boxers have had a rougher road to success than Chris Eubank Jr. First, he was set to fight Conor Benn at a catchweight last October, but the fight was called off after Benn reportedly tested positive for a banned substance. Months later, he returned to the ring for a domestic clash with Liam Smith in Manchester. In a somewhat surprising fashion, Smith stopped Eubank Jr. in the fourth round. After all of that, Eubank Jr. is looking to get his time in the spotlight by returning to the ring and challenging Smith yet again. To get a different result this time around, he has decided to make changes to his corner, including cutting ties with trainer Roy Jones Jr.
“He wants to do something a bit different for this fight, for the rematch. Obviously, when you lose the first fight you have got to adjust things, he’s training like a beast in Las Vegas and he’s going to come in with a bit of a different game plan this time and that’s really what this is about,” Kalle Sauerland of Wasserman Boxing told Boxing Social about his training regimen without Roy Jones Jr.
“He’s been around the block, he grew up in an institutionalized boxing family, around boxing, gyms and camps his whole life, he knows exactly what he is doing and on September 2nd you’re going to see some fireworks.”
Heading into the rematch, Sauerland also says that Eubank Jr. will be approaching things much differently.
“I know you’ll see on Instagram that he is at parties and whatever in Las Vegas, but he is getting in two massive sessions a day,” Sauerland continued.
“The approach to weight will be very different in this fight as well, that pound under sounds so little but at the same time it is a lot. It’s been miscalculated over the last two fights, where he has come in 1 pound under for no reason, that’s something that he is going to be looking at.”