Jeddah in Saudi Arabia will play host to a mammoth chance for an Irish boxer to shock the world in just under two weeks.
In his last outing, Chris Eubank Jr. lost his IBO super-middleweight title in humbling fashion to George Groves in the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series. While Groves will face Callum Smith in the main event finalof the Series on September 28, the undercard also holds some real intrigue.
It was announced today that Irish middleweight JJ McDonagh will be Eubank Jr.’s opponent in Jeddah.
The 32-year-old has mainly fought boxers with losing records during his nine-year career, boasting a 16-4 record of his own. In truth, the ten round bout is likely a ‘tune-up’ fight for former multiple world champion, Eubank Jr.
It also serves as a placeholder if one of the main event participants is unable to fight.
“I have been training hard in Vegas, and I am looking be a part of the event in Jeddah,” Eubank Jr. stated via Boxing News Online. “I am preparing for any scenario that may present itself.”
Upon receiving confirmation of the fight, McDonagh was certainly raring to go, via BNO.
“I’m surprised he did not retire after he embarrassed himself against Groves,” said McDonagh.
“Eubank is a fit man but he does not know how to fight hard, I’m a fighting man from a fighting family of generations of fighters. I am going to knock him out.”
While this Westmeath native fancies his chances of upsetting what will be gigantic odds, Eubank Jr. has defeated an Irishman before, stopping Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan in seven rounds in 2015.
The fights will be broadcast on ITV Box Office.