Chris Eubank Jr may have lost the first fight of his career when he dropped a split decision to Billy Joe Saunders on November 29, but the 25-year-old second generation fighter will get a chance to make up for that immediately when he takes on Dmitry Chudinov on February 28, part of the Tyson Fury vs Christian Hammer bill at the O2 in London.
Eubank (18-1, 13 KO) will be fighting for a shot at either Gennady Golovkin or Danny Jacobs if he can win. Chudinov (14-0-2, 9 KO) currently holds the interim WBA middleweight title, which exists despite the presence of the "world" title held by Jacobs, and the "super" title held by Golovkin. The fight has been sanctioned as a title eliminator, as well.
Eubank showed both some "green" flaws and some very promising ability in the fight with Saunders, and the loss should be considered anything but a true failure. Though he dropped the fight and struggled at times, he also gave Saunders a tough night, and going in, Billy Joe had much better experience on the pro and amateur level than Eubank.
Chudinov, 28, is a Russian fighter nicknamed "Night Wolf," who won the interim WBA belt in 2013 against Juan Camilo Novoa, and successfully defended twice in 2014 against Patrick Nielsen and former world title challenger Mehdi Bouadla.