Chris Eubank Jr has been receiving a lot of media attention this week in the UK, particularly over comments from his father suggesting he beats Gennady Golovkin, yet the Brighton man has finally turned his attention back to reality, issuing a warning to his December opponent, Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan.
Eubank first fights unheralded American, Tony Jeter, on Saturday night in Sheffield -in what should present as nothing but routine business – before moving on to the Irishman on the Anthony Joshua/Dillian Whyte bill in London.
“Spike O’Sullivan has a very good record and a very big mouth,” Eubank said to Sky Sports. “The fight will happen on December 12 and he’s going to get everything that he’s been asking for over the last two or three years.”
The fight between the two middleweights has been brewing since Eubank was with promoter Mick Hennessy, and boxing on both Channel 5 and the Frank Warren affiliated Boxnation platform, although for one reason or another the fight was unable to be made after seemingly coming close.
Now, since signing with UK promotional heavyweights Matchroom, Eubank and O’Sullivan will finally meet after Eddie Hearn listened to fan-demand and the popular social media campaign to get O’Sullivan into the opposite corner to the Brighton based fighter.
In spite of that campaign and the Irishman’s dogged determination to land the fight, Eubank is questioning whether O’Sullivan really wants to fight and believes it is all very much a case of ‘be careful what you wish for’ as far as ‘Spike’ is concerned.
“Personally, I think he’s kind of talked his way in to the fight and doesn’t really want to be there. We’ll find out on the night but when he’s in there and feels the type of fire I’m bringing, he’s not going to want to know.
“I think it’ll be one of those classic fights because it’s a grudge match. There’s no love lost and that’s what the public want to see – fighters with some type of emotion. There’s no ‘good luck mate’ – we really want to beat each other. May the best man win.”
Both men have been beaten just the once, by the same man, WBO mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders, who challenges ‘Irish’ Andy Lee on December 19th in Manchester.