Nick Blackwell vs Chris Eubank Jr. : A Preview
By Tom Eckett
This Saturday, Chris Eubank Jr. will challenge Nick Blackwell for his British Middleweight title at the SSE Arena, Wembley, in London. The fight is scheduled to be broadcasted on terrestrial TV (Channel 5) in the UK which will give fight fans the perfect opportunity to see two fighters who could potentially be challenging for world honours in the not so distant future.
The challenger, Chris Eubank Jr, is a divisive character outside the ring. With the help of his father, the 21-1 fighter has signed with and ditched every major promoter in the UK and fans seem to either love him or hate him. Furthermore, the rumours are that he has split from trainer Adam Booth who only took over the role back in September so preparation has not been perfect for Team Eubank.
Many have considered this a strange move by Eubank when the fight was announced. After his impressive win against Gary O’Sullivan back in December it seemed as if he was ready to challenge for a world title in his next fight however instead, his team decided to take a step down in class and challenge for the British title. This is a very dangerous move because if he loses to Blackwell then his career will be in a complete mess.
Fight fans should not be complaining as this match-up has the potential to be an absolute classic. Eubank is not the only person who will be in the ring on Saturday night that loves to take the fight to his opponents. Nick Blackwell is renowned for his never say die attitude and his willingness to stand in the pocket and trade shots with his opponent.
Blackwell’s career has been a real roller-coaster ride. He was first defeated by world class operator, Martin Murray, in only his 9th fight which he came into with a broken rib he sustained in training. He then lost to Billy Joe Saunders, who also beat Eubank, and then Max Bursak defeated him in a controversial points win out in Ukraine. However, a string of good performances since has put Blackwell back in the mix.
This is his chance to shine on the big stage against a big name in Eubank and there is every chance he can score an upset in this fight. He is going to have to watch for Eubank’s favourite shot, the uppercut. Blackwell has had a tendency of being caught with that shot in fights gone by but if he can nullify the Eubank uppercut then he has a very good chance of winning this fight. Eubank has ‘talked the talk’ but he is yet to ‘walk the walk’ and all eyes will be on the cocky fighter from Brighton as he will be looking to make a real statement come Saturday night against a fighter in Blackwell that will be very aggressive and very active.
This fight is something that should not be missed by boxing fans in the UK and around the world. It should be a fantastic night of British boxing and hopefully we shall see some fireworks in this ‘fight of the year’ contender.