Chris Eubank Jr. has appeared to realize that going it alone may not be the best way to improve as a fighter, especially if he wants to get where he wants to go. Eubank Jr. has long trained himself for his fights, but now has a formal trainer in place in Nate Vasquez as he prepares to face James DeGale on Feb. 23.
Eubank Jr. says he doesn’t regret the way he’s handled his professional career to this point, and that everything happens for a reason, but he also says he felt the need to make a change in how he prepares for fights and is supremely confident heading into the DeGale fight.
“I enjoy working with Nate and we got on well together when I met him in Las Vegas last summer and we have good chemistry. The things he was saying and telling me made sense and I feel they will make a big difference in the outcome of my fight against DeGale,”
“He works alongside my long-time trainer Ronnie who oversees my preparations and I use his boxing wisdom and experience all the time, I believe that I have a great team around me now with a blend of youth, energy and knowledge that will take me to victory against DeGale.”
Eubank Jr. (27-2, 21 KOs) lost a wide decision against George Groves in the WBSS semifinals last year, and has since bounced back with a soft touch win against JJ McDonagh last September. He’ll now be stepping back up in terms of the class of opponent, but there are serious questions as to what DeGale (25-2-1, 15 KOs) has left in the tank at this point in his career.