Chris Eubank Jr can win a world title, says Sky Sports analyst

Groves is sure Eubank Jr has the credentials to trouble the world's best in the middleweight division.

Chris Eubank Jr. is capable of winning a middleweight world title, despite a packed and talented division, according to Sky Sports analyst George Groves.

Eubank Snr has some big names in his thinking with Gennadiy Golovkin the one that the 31-year-old is hoping to share a ring with.

Golovkin is the current IBF middleweight world champion and he will fight WBA champion Ryota Murata in December in a unification fight. The winner of that bout in Japan looks likely to meet Eubank, as long as the Brit can get past Anatoli Muratov on Saturday night.

Eubank Jr. was scheduled to meet middleweight Sven Elbir, but the 27-year-old German has tested positive for Covid-19. That has meant his fellow countryman Muratov, 33, has stepped in this week at just five days notice.

Ranked seven, Muratov has described himself as a "warrior" and he is technically a step up from Elbir, who is ranked 15 with the WBA.

Muratov wasted no time in stopping 30-year-old Hungarian Varju earlier this month with a KO in two minutes and 35 seconds of round one.

The German is a 25/1 outsider and after toying with Marcus Morrison last time out, Eubank Jr. has made it clear he will go for the jugular at The SSE Arena Wembley.

Assuming Eubank Jr. can dispose of 30-year-old Muratov, Groves believes he has the credentials to go toe-to-toe with some of the division's best.

"Eubank is going to campaign at middleweight, where you've got Jermall Charlo, Erislandy Lara, Demetrius Andrade, Ryota Murata and Gennadiy Golovkin," Groves told Sky Sports.

"On his day, he can give all of them a run for their money. Andrade is a very skilful fighter, but Eubank is physically strong and if gets the right tactics, he can impose himself.

"Golovkin is one of the best middleweights of all time, but Eubank might be catching him at the right time?

"Charlo is a class act, but still yet to become No 1 as such.

"I think there's an opportunity there for Eubank Jr, if he gets it right. He's got a lot of world class attributes, it's just getting them together and getting the game-plan right."

Groves, now retired, defeated Eubank Jr. on points in their World Boxing Super Series fight in 2018, but he thinks the Brit has matured and can now win challenge the best.

"Eubank Jr can definitely win a world title. He backs himself and he's got the desire," said Groves.

"I don't think Eubank Jr will be satisfied, if he doesn't finish his career without one of the four major world titles and I definitely think he's got a chance.

"As long as you've got unwavering self-belief, which I think he might have as well, and some real tough resilience, then your time will come.

"I'm sure it won't take him four attempts like me. I wish him well."

Improvements

Groves believes Eubank's physical fitness is supreme, but does suggest that he could work on improving technically.

"Eubank has got a world-class engine, fantastic stamina and endurance," Groves told Sky Sports.

"He's got good strength, good punch power, and good hand speed. Lots of great fundamentals to work with.

"He punches neat and correct, Eubank, but maybe could add a bit of variety. An improvement could be the set-up to an exchange. Working off the jab and being able to create angles and punch off it.

"When you go to a coach like Jones, he has the first-hand experience to say, 'This is how I dealt with this fighter, these are the shots that I would look to get off.'

"Everyone has got to respect Roy Jones for his achievements."

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