Chris Eubank Jr will be looking to move one step closer to securing a world title fight with Canelo Alvarez when he takes on Marcus Morrison on the Derek Chisora versus Joseph Parker undercard on May 1.
Chris Eubank Jr v Marcus Morrison Betting Predictions & Tips
Chris Eubank Jr will always be a big deal in the world of boxing – his surname will make sure of that. With his dad constantly getting involved with his son’s career, it is understandable that we forget how good of a fighter Junior is.
He talks a great game, but he has devastating punching power as Gary O’Sullivan, Arthur Abraham, James De Gale and Matt Korobov will testify.
Eubank Jr has held the WBA interim middleweight title since 2019, and he has never hidden the fact that his main aim is to one day take on Canelo Alvarez.
Before any talk of a fight with Canelo can be discussed, he needs to get past Marcus Morrison on May 1. Morrison has 23 wins and 16 knockouts to his name, and he will be eager to tajke this chance with both hands.
The 28-year-old knows victory over someone like Eubank Jr will catapult his name into the mix when the big fights of the summer are announced.
I like Morrison, he can punch hard, and he will not take a backward step, but Eubank is a clever fighter. He will be too quick-witted for Morrison, and his ring awareness along with his punching power will see Eubank end this one in the seventh.
Chris Eubank Jr v Marcus Morrison: Fighter’s Predictions
Chris Eubank Jr: “Mentally is the biggest part. Physically? I’m 31, I won’t be a changed fighter, my style is what it is. There are things he (Roy Jones Jr new trainer) has tweaked or made me focus on, but the main change is how I mentally approach these fights. Being with him will add years to my career. It’s not about going to war every time anymore. It’s about being smart and not getting hit. Some of those things I had lost focus on. I put that down to moving up to super-middleweight – knowing I was against guys who were naturally bigger, I got it into my head that I had to hurt them early, so they didn’t bully me. I lost sight of the boxing. At middleweight nobody will bully me, nobody is bigger than me, so I can focus on the art and craft rather than the war aspect. I will still go to war – when there is an opportunity, these guys will get taken out! But there are new aspects to my game. Ring-rust is a factor and Morrison is the perfect opponent. He is solid and he can punch so I can’t let my guard down. He has shown heart, he can punch. He’s not somebody to take lightly. So, I’ve trained hard, like I would for any fight, and I will be at 100 per cent on the night. This is a fight to get me back in the mix. I’ve been out of the ring, really, for two years which has been tough. What can you do? The answer was to go away and learn, to improve, and to not stagnate like a lot of fighters have done. I have trained in Florida with Roy Jones Jr for a year-and-a-half and, although I haven’t been in the ring, I have improved. I’ve got at least another solid four or five years left. This was the perfect time to get new blood, a new set of eyes and ears, and new training methods into my camp. I have listened to them and learned from them, and it has paid dividends. You will see the fruits of my labour.”
Marcus Morrison: “I’ve matured, my body’s matured, I feel like I’ve grown into a real strong middleweight now. What better time to go and test yourself against someone who’s said to be world level? You want to test yourself against the best in the biggest fights. What an idiot I’d be if I turned down a fight like this! I’m 28, coming up to my peak. I’m at the best place of my career now, mentally, and physically. I think now is the perfect time for a fight like this.”