Boxing Preview – Chris Eubank Jr vs Gary O’Sullivan

Boxing Preview – Chris Eubank Jr vs Gary O’Sullivan

Boxing Preview –  Chris Eubank Jr vs Gary O’Sullivan

This Saturday presents an action-filled night of professional Boxing from the UK and overseas. Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sports will be hosting the card which everyone will have their eyes on as it is a pay-per-view card boasting plenty of big-name bouts. The card features Paulie Malignaggi competing for an EU welterweight title, the return of Dereck Chisora and Kevin Mitchell competing for the chance to take on Anthony Crolla in a huge domestic World championship bout next year. The second bout we’re taking a look at is the support to the main event. The Eubank team continue their campaign to the top of the middleweight division as Chris Jr faces off in a huge domestic bout against the confident Irishman, Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan.

This bout pits two of the most evenly-matched middleweights in the world against each other, however we think Eubank Jr’s athleticism will edge it. We will be backing Chris Eubank Jr to win by Decision or Technical Decision at odds of 7/2 with 888sport. Click here or the banner below to sign up for ‘Treble the Odds’ on your first bet!

Chris Eubank Jr has drew comparisons to his father, the great Chris Eubank who carved a storied career in the same division that Junior is fighting in. Chris Jr will be hoping he can emulate his father’s success and it is obvious he has the confidence in his abilities to do that. Eubank Jr’s career really kicked off last year in November 2014 when he took on Billy Joe Saunders in a huge World championship eliminator. Eubank Jr lost narrowly by split decision. He bounced back with a huge 12th round stoppage victory over the tough Dmitry Chudinov in February 2015 in a fight he dominated all the way through. He won the interim WBA title in that bout. He defended the belt against Tony Jeter in October 2015, earning a second round stoppage. His record stands at 20 wins, 15 stoppages and 1 loss.

As has been widely documented, Eubank Jr has been cut out of stone and is a physical freak. He started training Boxing early through his dad and invested plenty of time into his development from a young age, going to train in Las Vegas at the age of 16. Boxing is in his blood. Eubank Jr’s athleticism is a fight winner and is perhaps one of the most important skills in Boxing. His body punching is perhaps some of the most disastrous on the UK scene. He does lack general Boxing ability however. He’s struggled developing a jab and doing basics such as establishing tempo and length. He usually beats his opponents via his athleticism though.

Gary O’Sullivan, often known as ‘Spike’, is probably one of the most underestimated Boxers on British Isles and considering his 23 fight record only had a single blemish, it’s time people started taking him more seriously. This is especially the case since he’s earned a brand for himself not only in the UK and Ireland, but he’s most recently appealed to the vast Irish heritage in Massachusetts, fighting three of his last four bouts there, with the other in New York. He stopped Milton Nunez in three rounds in March 2015. He then earned two second round stoppages against Melvin Betancourt and David Toribio in May 2015 and October 2015 respectively. His record stands at 22 wins, 15 stoppages and 1 loss.

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Spike is a fantastic trench fighter. He thrives when he forces the fight on the inside and drags the fight into a slow paced brawl. He uses this strategy to force his opposition to try and find a hole where they’ll try and sneak out of the trenches which will leave them open to a big shot. Spike is a fantastic one-punch finish so he could do that, but he also loads up well on his shots, forcing stoppages. Spike, like his opponent, isn’t the best Boxer, hence why he tries to drag the fight down into a phone-box brawl.

I truly believe this will be the fight of the night. Just like the previous bout, I don’t think the underdog in this bout is getting enough credit for his abilities. I remember watching O’Sullivan on the undercard of David Haye vs Dereck Chisora at Upton Park against Matthew Hall. He’s easily one of my favourite Boxers I’ve ever seen live. He’s very dynamic. The best thing about this bout is that there’s plenty of animosity between these two. Spike has been fortunate enough to be trained by Steve Collins and his brother in the lead up to this bout which means he’ll have a strategy. I think that will show early on because he’ll frustrate Eubank Jr in the trenches. Despite the early success, it’s hard to ignore Eubank Jr’s athleticism. In the long run, he’ll still be throwing big shots right down to the final bell and I think that’s what gets him the win tonight. Eubank Jr by decision.

Dan Glozier.

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