JAMES DeGALE and Chris Eubank Jr will do battle tonight.
The two super-middleweight Brits have been embroiled in a war of words for years after details of past sparring emerged and will finally let their fists will do the talking.
When is DeGale vs Eubank Jr?
The big fight takes place tonight.
The o2 Arena in London hosts the fight.
It is expected the ring walks for the main event will be at around 10pm – though this depends on the length of the undercard fights.
What TV channel is it on?
- ITV Box Office will be showing the bout.
- The coverage gets underway on ITV Box Office from 7pm.
- It will cost £19.95 for the event.
- The buy window to register and buy this event to view on Sky is now open.
- In addition, customers buying the DeGale v Eubank Jr event will get access to the WBC super -middleweight title fight between Anthony Dirrell v Avni Yildirim, live from Minneapolis, Minnesota from 3am later that night.
How did they weigh in?
Chris Eubank Jr weighed in one pound heavier than James DeGale at Friday’s weigh in.
Brighton’s Eubank jr scaled in at 167lbs (11st 13.5lbs) while DeGale came in at 166lbs (11st 12lbs).
Eubank Jr is naturally a 11st 6lb middleweight but campaigns a division above for more big-money fights.
Tale of the tape
What are the odds?
James Degale: 11/10
Chris Eubank Jr: 2/3
Over 9.5: 2/7
Under 9.5: 23/10
Can I live stream the fight?
Yes you can.
Head to TVPlayer.com to purchase the live stream for the fight.
It costs the same price – £19.95 – as buying through your TV set top-box.
Why did DeGale vacate the IBF super-middleweight title?
JAMES DeGALE won his IBF super-middleweight title back from Caleb Truax in April 2018, but vacated the title in July of that year to free him up to pursue “massive fights” rather than be forced to fight his mandatory.
DeGale, 33, said: “No world champion easily gives up their title. I’ve proudly held the IBF title in two reigns with pride and distinction which is why it makes it very hard decision to relinquish the belt.
“I’m in the final phase of my career where I have a few good years left where I can be involved in massive fights and really leave a legacy in the division’s history.”
The IBF super-middleweight title is now held by Caleb Plant, who defeated Jose Uzcategui for the belt.
What have they said?
James DeGale: “I expect him to be better than he was against Groves but his coach won’t help him because he’s too arrogant to listen to anybody.
“When things go down after six rounds, he will revert to type and go back to doing what he always does. He’s not going to suddenly change into a different fighter.”
Chris Eubank Jr: “I’m right at the the top of my game – and I want the city to shake with the impact of my punches. The only view that’s going to stick in his mind is looking up at me from the canvas after I lay him out.”
By Jack Figg
WHEN deciding a winner, a key factor to this fight is it’s James DeGale’s to lose – as he holds the superior skillset, but it depends how much he has left to give.
For me, DeGale’s natural size and boxing experience will be enough to outbox a natural middleweight in Chris Eubank Jr.
I believe DeGale is a level above Eubank, as he is a former world champion and Olympic gold medalist – compared to his opponents less accomplished career.
DeGale has evidently slowed down in his last two fights, meaning style-wise a fighter like Eubank could expose this with speed, combination punching and activity.
But coming in as a small man means he may not be able to deploy these tactics – while Eubank has struggled to showcase the footwork and jab needed to get into the all important mid-range.
I see DeGale controlling the range enough to outbox an improved Eubank, who will flurry and cause problems at times – but not enough to out-do the previous smart fighting of “Chunky”
Although, I do believe a good performance from Eubank can see him drop down to middleweight and still campaign for world title glory, but a poor showing tomorrow and many will lose belief.
Whereas for DeGale, even a split-decision loss or mighty close defeat should spell the end for him – as he has nothing left to prove, unlike Eubank.
- Sun Sport verdict: James DeGale points win
Who is on the undercard?
Former featherweight world champ Lee Selby and heavyweight hope Joe Joyce are featuring on the o2 undercard, as is Chris Eubank’s younger brother Sebastian, 27.
- Joe Joyce v Bermane Stiverne (heavyweight)
- Andre Sterling v Ricky Summers (British light heavyweight title eliminator)
- Lee Selby v Omar Douglas (lightweight)
- Anthony Cacace v TBA (super featherweight)
- Chris Kongo v TBA (welterweight)
- Sebastian Eubank v TBA (light heavyweight)
- Chezerae Nihell v TBA (heavyweight)