James DeGale vs. Chris Eubank Jr. Media Workouts
Photos: Lawrence Lustig - Poxon Sports
Fierce British rivals James
DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr. worked out in separate
back-to-back media days ahead of their highly anticipated
super middleweight bout Saturday, February 23 live on
SHOWTIME from The O2 in London at 3:45 pm ET/12:45 p.m. PT.
DeGale (25-2-1, 15 KOs) and Eubank (27-2, 21 KOs) will
finally settle their long-running score when the two
outspoken rivals finally go toe-to-toe in front of the
excitable hometown London crowd in the all-British affair.
In the co-featured bout of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGģ
telecast,, fast rising prospect Joe Joyce (7-0, 7 KOs)
battles former world champion Bermane Stiverne (25-3-1, 21
KOs) in a 12-round heavyweight clash.
The event is promoted by Poxon Sports and presented by
Premier Boxing Champions. Joyce-Stiverne is promoted in
association with Ringstar Sports and Don King Productions.
The doubleheader will air live in the U.S. exclusively on
SHOWTIME and on ITV Box Office in the U.K.
Hereís what the fighters had to say from their respective
media days at Stonebridge ABC in Wembley and at Brighton and
Hove ABC in Kings Esplanade:
ďCome February 23rd the smile will be wiped off his face.
Heís all show. If Iím honest, if his surname was Smith, you
wouldnít know who he was. Heís riding off his dadís name.
There are levels in boxing and Iím on a level above him.
Come fight night, itís going to be a schooling. Eubank Jr is
gonna get schooled. Iíve dubbed this a Ďretirementí fight.
When he loses, heís finished, heís done. This will be his
ďIím so excited about this fight. Iíve been training for a
long time and Iím feeling great, feeling focused and ready
to do battle. The last couple of years, injury wise, have
been very frustrating for me. But now, I can honestly say
that Iím feeling great. Iím going to put in a fantastic
performance against Chris. Come February 23rd itís going to
be a fantastic night and a fantastic victory for me.
ďIím a London boy through and through. I was raised in
Harlesden and Iím proud of my city, proud of where Iím from.
So, it will be good to go back to The O2 and put on a
fantastic performance for the fans. I canít wait.
ďIt's been a successful and enjoyable career for most of the
time. Iíve lived the dream and done everything in boxing but
sometimes it feels like I don't get the credit I deserve.
ďLook at my career; from being the 80-1 underdog at the
Olympics and winning gold through to becoming British
champion, European champion, and then becoming the first in
Britain to win a gold medal and a world title.Ē
Chris Eubank Jr.:
"He's the type of fighter who rises to the occasion. If he's
got someone he doesn't respect or fear, then that shows in
his performance. He respects me and knows what is coming, so
he is going to be on form.
"He's had some hard fights, that's for sure. It is one of
those things - a fight like this especially against me -
could be career ending.
"I'm relentless, I don't stop. Volume, speed, power, it is
all a dangerous combination, and he knows that.
"But the fact he knows that is why we're going to see the
best James DeGale we've seen for a long time.
"He knows I'm a livewire and that I'm dangerous; he knows
being ill-prepared is dangerous for his health. I don't
think he's going to put himself in that position."
On his new McLaren carÖ
ďI had a Bentley last year and the McLaren this year. I
guess I just needed something faster this time around. I
always said I would learn how to try one of giant trucks my
dad drove but, for now, a sports car is more my style.
ďI am not thinking about losing, it is going to go my way.
Boxers should not be compared to footballers, to fight for a
living is the hardest and most noble and tough way to earn a
living. I think we earn the right to enjoy life. Anyone who
works hard should be able to buy what they want but you must
be smart with it.Ē