Degale vs. Eubank Jnr: A sizzling British grudge match – Who Wins?

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By Jonny Rashman: Fight week is upon us as British rivals James Degale and Chris Eubank Jnr prepare to go to war. Expect fireworks in what promises to be a true British classic. Will the silky skills of Degale prevail? Or will the ferocious and powerful Eubank Jnr be too much to handle?

It’s fair to say there is no love lost between the two warriors. An infamous sparring session in 2012 started a feud that will be settled under the lights at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night.

Both men have different versions of events as to what transpired that day. Eubank Jnr insists he “schooled” his foe, Degale refutes this, insisting Eubank “ended the spar early.” I suppose the truth will never be revealed.

Currently with the status of both fighters’ careers, this contest is being dubbed a 50/50 encounter. Let’s delve into both men’s profiles to see who has the edge when the first bell sounds. 

Firstly, we have James Degale {25-2, 15, KOs]. The 2008 Olympic Games gold medallist. A southpaw with an array of weapons, rapid hands, dazzling combinations, fast feet and a certain swagger that has you believing the world is his oyster. 

In the inception of his career, the Olympian failed to capture the British public’s imagination. A string of lackluster performances would incur loud boos from the watching spectators. After changing promoter and embarking on a new challenge fighting the world best in the USA and Canada, the public’s perception would change, giving the Londoner the validation he was desperately seeking.

Victory over Andre Dirrell would cement Degale’s legacy, by becoming the first British boxer in history to have won both an Olympic gold medal and a professional world title. Injuries and punishing fights against Lucian Bute and Badou Jack would take its toll on the IBF champion, resulting in him losing his crown against little-known American contender Caleb Traux. Whispers were floating around that Degale was considering calling time on his decorated career. This was unproven, as a rematch against Traux would see him regain his World Title.

If a fight against Eubank Jnr materialized a few years ago, I believe it may have been an easier night’s work for the Londoner. The fact retirement is on the agenda should a loss occur, casts aspersions as to how much is really left in the tank. 

Secondly, we have the enigma that is Chris Eubank Jnr {27-2, 21 KOs]. The son of a boxing legend and a chip off the old block. A stone-faced super athlete, blessed with blinding hand speed, formidable power and a warrior’s mentality, deep rooted in his psyche.

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