Tom Doran is being pretty much counted out as we get closer to his fight on June 25 with British middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr, but the 28-year-old Welshman and former Prizefighter winner says he’s got the power to hurt Eubank, and plans to test his chin.
"I don’t think that Eubank Jr’s punch resistance has been tested yet," he said in a Matchroom release. "I know that I have the power to hurt him in the fight and I’m going to lay it all on the line. Fighting for the British title is what I dreamed of doing when I turned pro and I intend to take it with both hands."
Doran (17-0, 7 KO) says that Eubank has flaws that he will take advantage of to pull the upset.
"He’s got chinks in his armor and I plan to make the most of them," he said. "I’m not going to broadcast them, but he’s a man with two hands like me and I intend to show the best of me. I’m fighting unbeaten fighters all the time and beating them and there’s not many people at middleweight that are doing that."
Doran’s most notable performance to date was a Prizefighter win in February 2015, where he beat Craig Cunningham, Luke Keeler, and Cello Renda in three-round bouts. He also beat Keeler via second round TKO in a rematch on April 2, his last outing.
But this is obviously an enormous step up in class, as Eubank (22-1, 17 KO) is considered a legitimate world class middleweight, along with being the British champion. If anything, this fight is perhaps a step back for Eubank after his wins over Gary O’Sullivan and Nick Blackwell in December and March.
It’s also notable that Doran has been dropped against much lesser opposition -- by Max Maxwell in 2011, Harry Matthews in 2014, and Keeler in their recent fight. If anyone’s chin is a question, it's probably Doran’s. But that’s why they fight the fights.