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Chris Eubank Jr: Jermall Charlo is next after I dispatch Korobov

Chris Eubank Jr is looking for a world title at 160.

James DeGale v Chris Eubank Jr Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Chris Eubank Jr is set to make his US debut on Dec. 7, when he faces Matt Korobov in a pivotal middleweight matchup on the Jermall Charlo-Dennis Hogan card on Showtime in Brooklyn.

Eubank (28-2, 21 KO) has had some success in the sport at both 160 and 168, but he’s yet to win a recognized world title (he did win the IBO super middleweight title on two occasions), and that sounds like his goal for 2020, at least if — “when,” if you ask him — he gets past the tough veteran Korobov.

Some notes from his camp:

How does it feel to be making your U.S. pro debut on December 7? What are you looking to show the U.S. fans in this fight?

“It’s always been a dream of mine to fight in the U.S. Even with everything I’ve done in the sport over in the U.K, I’ve always felt there was something missing and I believe it was the urge to introduce myself and my fight style to the American audience of fight fans. Now I have my opportunity.”

Why did you make the decision to move down to middleweight for this fight? In what ways are you stronger at 160 pounds?

“I’ve never been a real super middleweight. I walk around at 170 pounds out of competition and have to eat breakfast the day of my weigh-ins to make 168. I believe at 160 I am going to be a beast now that I have become accustomed to fighting much bigger fighters over the last three years.”

What do you know about Korobov as a fighter and how do you see this fight going stylistically?

“I think Korobov will be awkward until I pin him down and when I do, I will show the audience why I am a fan friendly fighter.”

If you’re able to get past Korobov, what would you think of a fight against Jermall Charlo? What advantages do you think you have in that fight?

“When I dispatch of Korobov, Charlo is definitely the name that’s on my radar. He is seen as one of the elite fighters in the middleweight division and I intend to prove that he is not on my level. It will be satisfying stamping my mark on the division against Charlo after I beat Korobov. I think it will be a great fight for the fans as together our styles would make for a very exciting bout.”

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