Chris Eubank Jr has vowed to do everything in his power to put British rival James DeGale in his place when they clash next month.
The pair will square off at London’s O2 Arena on February 23 with the vacant IBO super-middleweight title on the line.
They have been on a collision course for the last few years after a number of heated run-ins following sparring sessions, which culminated in verbal insults being traded over social media. On January 3 2019, it was finally confirmed that they would have the opportunity to settle their differences in the ring.
Eubank Jr is looking to rebuild his reputation after losing to George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final.
The 29-year-old has since claimed victory over JJ McDonagh in September but DeGale is expected to provide a much sterner test.
Olympic gold medallist DeGale is on a two-fight winning streak and brings a great deal more experience to the bout. “Next Gen” has talked up the rivalry with DeGale and insists he is relishing the opportunity to put the 32-year-old “in his place”.
“This has been brewing for years and years and years so it’s very exciting now to get an opportunity now to put this kid in his place,” Eubank Jr. said.
“We are at the top of our game, the top of the sport, the top of the division. This is a true grudge-match, neither of us want to lose, neither of us want to give away an inch.”
Eubank Jr can be backed at 1.75 to have his hand raised next month, while DeGale is priced at 2.20 to land the victory, and the draw is available at 15.00.