UK native and current IBO World Super Middleweight champion Chris Eubanks Jr. (28-2, 21KOs) will make his US pro debut in Brooklyn, at Barclays Center, against Matt Korobov (28-2-1, 14KOs) on December 7th for the vacant interim WBA World Middleweight belt. The winner of the fight will be the #1 contender to square off against current WBC title holder Jermall Charlo (29-0, 21 KOs), who headlines the fight card in Brooklyn this weekend against Irishman Dennis Hogan (28-2-1, 7KOs).
Though it’s his first professional fight in the US, Eubanks Jr. is very familiar with the United States, given he spent his younger, amateur years training in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 29 year-old’s future in boxing can be described as promising by boxing fans in the U.S and internationally. Eubanks Jr.’s popularity stems from his father’s own legacy, British boxing legend and two-time division world champion, Chris Eubanks Sr.
Having attained victory in his last two fights, Eubanks has since dropped from 168lbs back to 160lbs. His most pivotal win was against former two-time division champ and fellow Englishman, James DeGale (25-3-1, 15KOs), which returned the IBO belt back to Eubanks Jr. last February.
Chris Eubanks Jr. secured dominance in the early rounds, granting him a one-sided victory over the counter-puncher in DeGale. After retiring DeGale, Eubanks believes he has emerged from his father’s shadow and is on the path to becoming one of the most recognizable middleweights in the world.
His contender, Matt Korobov returns to Barclays for the second time after two back-to-back controversial losses, one against Immanuwel Aleem (18-1-2, 11KOs) in May, and the other against Saturday night’s main event headliner Jermall Charlo. Korobov was a replacement fighter for Willie Monroe Jr. (24-3, 6KOs), who failed a drug test a few days before the scheduled fight. Boxing fans, along with some boxing experts, were surprised by the amount of heart displayed by the southpaw. The crowd grew louder and cheered for Korobov as he landed clean, counter-punches in the early rounds. After 12 rounds of intense action, Charlo retained his WBC title winning by a controversial, unanimous decision – a victory many felt was not deserved.
Eubanks Jr. and his team are confident about securing a WBC title shot, despite of the fact that he will be facing the same opponent that gave Jermall Charlo a challenge with short notice.