Yeh I remember Groves word actually. At the end of the interview he said “remember the name”. Like we are going to forget the name eubank lol. When he starts fighting live opponents I will b able to give a different opinion perhaps. Maybe better opponents will bring out the best in him. All I’m saying is so far I’m not impressed.Posted February 24, 2014 2:30 am
Junior…You’re right, that not all sparring partners are good enough to become champs themselves but I’ve never heard wlad praise sprott or sexton as highly as groves praised eubank jr, even after a couple of fights (check it out if you haven’t already). Besides of course, anyone can instantly see that he is beyond the domestic level of sprott/sexton. I’m sure you’re not a hater and maybe you’ll be proven right but I’ve seen and heard enough good things about eubank jr to be impressed. The power will come in time as I stated below but he has all the tools and pedigree to keep improving, , despite having a minimal amateur background and only starting at 15.Posted February 23, 2014 11:46 am
hughie fury. could go all the way to prizefighter.Posted February 23, 2014 8:31 am
Scotty, every boxer uses every boxer as a sparring partner. Wlad klitschlo uses michael sprott and sam sexton as sparring partners! Does that mean they should be in the world mix?Posted February 23, 2014 4:41 am
Scotty, he has fast hands and thats basically it!! He has struggled badly against no-hopers such as Terry Caruthers and Jason Ball. Many people had Caruthers winning that fight and he had NO amateur back ground atall. Eubank jr throws fast combos that look impressive but aren’t technicaly good. Hense my “all flash no substance” comment. For the record I’ve seen all but 2 of his fights, which means I can safely say he also has 3 bad stoppages on his record. Im not a hater Scotty, I just don’t follow hype if I don’t believe in itPosted February 23, 2014 4:25 am
Junior. ..how exactly is he no substance? You clearly haven’t watched him box. He has fasthands, good movement and allthe tenacity of his dad. Couple that lot with the additional power that he will naturally develop as he gets older and he is a genuine potential. At 12-0 now and knocking on the door of a British strap already. Froch, groves and cleverly use him for sparring and all talk very highly of him. This is with only a minimal amateur background too. Basically he’s come from superb fighting stock and has all the attributes to do very well.Posted February 23, 2014 4:05 am
Oh, and he has the face of a r@pistPosted February 22, 2014 7:09 pm
Im not high on Eubank jr either. All flash and no substancePosted February 22, 2014 7:08 pm
R Smith…if you’re not mentioning Eubank jr near the pinnacle of potential British talent then the article isn’t worth writing. How could you possibly place callum smith as having more potential than eubank jr? You must be a scouser!Posted February 22, 2014 2:30 pm
I’d be interested to hear TARKS opinion of Joshua. His strengths and weaknesses. How he feels Joshua is doing so far even though its very early in his career.Posted February 22, 2014 10:32 am
And you base this on … what? When did you see his chin being checked?Posted February 22, 2014 7:22 am
I know all of the talent such as Groves and Saunders down to the prospects like Chris Jenkins and mitchell smith that i have not mentioned; the main point of the article is that i am differentiating between potential champions and legends, and at the moment Campbell, Joshua, Hughie Fury and Callum Smith have such promise in a vast pool of potential champions. Nobody at the moment can say that saunders, gavin, mcdonnell, butler etc… has such potential to be superstarsPosted February 22, 2014 6:41 am
Mick the Marmalizer
Frankie Gavin’s another one who deserves a shot at the EBU title.Posted February 22, 2014 5:28 am
I’m surprised Chris eubank jr doesn’t get more of a mention. Talent-wise he is far more gifted than anyone mentioned. Sure he still needs to improve on power but undoubtedly he will be a world champion one day. I would call it 50/50 if he fought degale now.Posted February 22, 2014 4:31 am
Mick the Marmalizer
A couple of interesting match ups in the UK could be.
Dаvid Науе sауs mаkе mе sаd. I’аm thе bеst jokеPosted February 22, 2014 2:08 am
I think Anthony Joshua with his size, speed, skill and power will have future at heavyweight.Posted February 21, 2014 10:58 pm
Yes, you’re right, the UK has less world champions right now, but look at the huge pool of talent coming through all at the same time in several weight divisions.Posted February 21, 2014 10:22 pm
Joshua is another Frank Bruno, weak chin.
Mitchell Smith is the best UK prospect. He’s mega talented.Posted February 21, 2014 10:18 pm
Joshua looks the real deal to me. Just bring him along at a nice pace and he’ll be heading for the top.Posted February 21, 2014 10:01 pm
There was a time around 2007-8 when the British had more than half of all belts in the upper weight classes (i.e. supermiddle, light heavy, cruiser and heavy): 10 out of 19 belts, I think it was. We’re not doing quite so well now.Posted February 21, 2014 9:03 pm
Si verdad? Mexicanos y bariquas y gringos son muy buenos boxeadores pero los mejores libra por libra son los BRITANICOS!!
Viva Broughton! Viva Fitzsimmons! Viva Buchanan! Viva Calzaghe!
Jajaja!Posted February 21, 2014 8:57 pm
Mick the Marmalizer
I’d add Oldham’s Mark Heffron & Dorset’s Iain Weaver to this list!!……….Posted February 21, 2014 7:52 pm
I see the quality of ESB writing continues to improve.
Have you thought of actually paying someone to write articles for you?
I charge £80 per 1000 words, but you’d get a whole lot better content.Posted February 21, 2014 7:40 pm
dwc got the beat too.#realtalkPosted February 21, 2014 7:23 pm
Hughie Fury will box Joshua’s ears off if and when they meet, down the line.Posted February 21, 2014 7:21 pm
Lots of these kids have irish blood in them aswell…no glass there.But Joshua looks abit stiff in the ring,not sure of his chin yet aswell.Hughie Fury looks like a natural great mover and body puncher,his power looked better in his last fight and will get better in time.In fact Hughie Fury last fight was a guy Wilder fought just last year and Hughie stopped him in 2 same as Wilder.Yes the U.K. has some very solid kids coming thru…punching well above their weight for the size of the U.K. This is one American who supports U.K. boxing and the great job they are doing…keep up the good work!!!Posted February 21, 2014 7:07 pm
Sure its true that we don’t have many if any truly elite fighters at the moment but nonetheless its still a very exciting time for British boxing. We’ve always loved our boxing and the shows are usually sold out. Froch-Groves will do 80000 seats at Wembley. You’d struggle to find another country with such a fantastic fan base for the sport.Posted February 21, 2014 6:32 pm
“They all box under fake birth certificates.”
All of them? Really? Talk about smearing an entire people. I think there’s a word for that – starts with ‘r’ …Posted February 21, 2014 6:26 pm
Ya know like the “12 year old” Hispanic ball player rocking a full beard?Posted February 21, 2014 6:01 pm
You people just dont know gypsies! They all box under fake birth certificates. Hughie fury is 21 not 18. Tyson fury is 27Posted February 21, 2014 5:27 pm
Yes he sure could develop power and no doubt he will. But I don’t think he will ever be a KO artist. Not saying he has to be. I like the Bruno comparison with Joshua !Posted February 21, 2014 5:18 pm
“Hughie fury is alright but limited. No power unfortunately.” – He’s still a kid with undeveloped power. By age 23 or 24 he’ll have 30% more punching power. Best current heavyweight prospect IMO.Posted February 21, 2014 5:06 pm
GB’s last two Olympic classes of Khan and DeGale respectively were mediocre despite their obv talent. Joshua is looking good though. I want to see him against a live body.Posted February 21, 2014 5:05 pm
True, Hughie lacks some power but he’s only 18, that can still be worked on, but his ability to slip punches, relaxed approach and tie up his opponent when he has to is remarkable, just ring wise.
I’m suspecting Joshua is a little too similar to Frank Bruno, loads of power but going to be too restricted physically, re stamina and fluidity.
Frankie Gavin is a natural too, but a tad too tempermental. He actually could have been a world champ by now if he had applied himself better.Posted February 21, 2014 5:02 pm
Chris Jenkins, thats the kid. Fantastic little fighter. Went into prize fighter with 2 or 3 fights on his record and wonPosted February 21, 2014 4:47 pm
Hughie fury is alright but limited. No power unfortunately. Frankie gavin on his day is a smooth operater. Mitchell smith reminds me of a young barrera. The welsh boy Jenkins looks the business tooPosted February 21, 2014 4:45 pm
Hughie Fury is the stand out for me right now, he’s a natural, infact he makes it look too easy.Posted February 21, 2014 4:33 pm
Just another American black racist loser with a chip on his shoulder. LOLPosted February 21, 2014 4:30 pm
GLASSgow = ignorant moron. LOLPosted February 21, 2014 4:29 pm
the hype goes on.Posted February 21, 2014 3:21 pm
Kareem Shaheed Mokhtar Al-Jabbar
Hi. Where’s A Mere Con?Posted February 21, 2014 3:12 pm
Joshua another British stiff.Posted February 21, 2014 2:58 pm
The future glass-chinned boxers of Britain…Isle of Glass…Posted February 21, 2014 2:25 pm
Mitchell Smith is VERY talented. Watch out for him, that kid is something special.Posted February 21, 2014 2:06 pm
The writer of this article fails to mention, Billy Joe Saunders, Rocky Fielding, Frank Buglioni, Chris Eubank Jr, Liam Smith, Joe Selkirk, Frankie Gavin, Terry Flanagan, Mitchell Smith, Kid Galahad, Jamie McDonnell, Paul Butler and Khalid Yafai.
Yeah, the UK has a lot of talent coming through all at once.Posted February 21, 2014 2:05 pm
By the end of 2015 if the fights can be made Anthony Joshua will of beaten Chisora and Fury, he is the UKs best prospect at HW,Posted February 21, 2014 1:50 pm