Chris Eubank Jr. to face Marcus Morrison after demanding Canelo and Golovkin fights

Eubank Jr. was in contention for a world title shot next, but instead has opted to face a British fighter who has a less-than-impressive record.

Chris Eubank Jr's next fight will be against Joe Gallagher-fighter Marcus Morrison on May 1.

The Brit - who last fought in the UK on ITV Box Office against James DeGale in 2019 - will mark his return in London at the SSE Arena in Wembley.

Having previously been promoted by PBC's Al Haymon, Eubank will embark on a new chapter in his career with the Sauerland brothers.

He will be on the undercard which includes world title defences by Irish superstar Katie Taylor and light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol.

Derek Chisora will headline the Sky Sports pay-per-view event against New Zealand's first heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.

It is, however, Eubank's fight with Morrison which has caught the attention of the boxing fraternity, although for the wrong reasons.

Considering "Next Gen" wanted fights with the likes of Saul 'Canelo' AlvarezGennadiy Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders, the fight is seen as a massive backwards step for Eubank.

Especially when you look at Morrison's record. His last four fighters have a combined record of 132 professional defeats, including Darryl Sharp, who has a record of 5-72-1.

"Eubank claimed the WBA interim world middleweight title against Matvey Koborov in Brooklyn last time out and has a knockout ratio of over 75%," Sauerland Promotions said.

"An impressive addition to his team, Chris will be entering this fight with boxing legend Roy Jones Jr in his corner.

"The last time Chris fought on British soil, he dismantled former world champion James DeGale to claim the IBO world title in a unanimous decision win."

"It's a fantastic stage for Jr to return to the UK," Kalle Sauerland continued.

"This kicks off what will be a monster 2021 for Jr, and we expect a good and tough fight with Marcus Morrison."

British fans will be excited

Eubank will be cornered by Hall of Fame fighter Roy Jones Jr.

The American has been training the two-time IBO super middleweight champion since 2020 and believes his punching volume will be a big reason as to how he succeeds this year.

"I am so excited about Junior. I have never seen such speed in anyone. We have worked hard on refining his jab," Jones said.

"I am sure British fight fans will be as excited as me to see Junior back in the ring."

"This is a good fight," said Eubank, son of British legend Chris Eubank Sr. "People have a lot to say about me and my career," he continued.

"Talk about why fights haven't happened previously.

"But all I've been doing is focussing on number one, training hard, and making sure I'm always ready. I'm now in the best place I can be, and I'm ready to take what is mine."

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