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.”