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Chris Eubank Jr. is a front-runner to face Canelo Alvarez

CHRIS Eubank Jr is claimed to be one of many names remaining on a fast-diminishing checklist of potential subsequent Canelo opponents. Unbeaten puncher Edgar Berlanga, 22-0 (17 KOs), can be nonetheless within the body, as IBF super-middleweight obligatory William Scull’s lingering state of affairs was handled by the PBC (with who Canelo continues his working relationship) and Jermall Charlo was additionally successfully dominated out.

As large of a possibility as that is for Eubank Jr., for a lot of, it merely exacerbates the rising realisation and disappointment {that a} battle between the Guadalajara man and generational rival David Benavidez might by no means occur.

Canelo’s transfer raises wider questions concerning the sport’s integrity and its individuals’ actions. Is Canelo chargeable for permitting Benavidez a shot at his “passing of the torch” second? Or is he merely chargeable for his personal profession and private selections? Some really feel the 33-year-old is sliding fortunately in direction of retirement, {golfing} away his remaining days whereas accepting lower-risk fights for sizeable paydays.

Canelo commonly schedules his fights round Might and September, becoming in with Mexican vacation dates. His need to battle this September stays. Benavidez final fought in June, defeating Oleksandr Gvozdyk on factors. One other mooted opponent, Terence Crawford, bins in opposition to Israil Madrimov on August 3. Subsequently, a dance associate continues to be wanted.

Information broke earlier in the present day that Chris Eubank Jr, 33-3 (24 KOs), had signed with BOXXER and Ben Shalom, additional including to the next-move intrigue. Chris cut up with Wasserman Boxing not too long ago and has not fought since beating Liam Smith by Tenth-round revenge knockout of their September 2023 rematch.

Again to Canelo, the truth that the PBC stays actively concerned suggests they nonetheless imagine the Benavidez bout is a payoff chance in some unspecified time in the future in 2025. Whereas Las Vegas is the anticipated location for that battle, ought to it will definitely get made, such an enormous conflict may land wherever.

The Eubank Jr/Berlanga bout would even be in Vegas, regardless of the UFC having booked the futuristic Sphere venue for September 14. Whether or not going up in opposition to such a monstrous occasion impacts pay-per-views, ticket gross sales or footfall, in opposition to a relatively underwhelming opponent, stays to be seen.

John Anderson
John Anderson
John Anderson is a seasoned sports journalist with over 15 years of experience covering the NFL, NBA, and MLB. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, John has worked with ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. His insightful analysis and in-depth reporting have earned him multiple awards in sports journalism.


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