New experience will help British middleweight Chris Eubank Jr. (32-3, 23 KOs) become stronger, his American coach Roy Jones Jr. is sure.
We are talking about the defeat that Chris suffered over the past weekend from compatriot Liam Smith – the fight ended with an early victory for the outsider in the 4th round.
Judging by the words of the coach, Eubank believed that his head would withstand any blow from the opponent.
“We do a lot in the gym and we talk about a lot, but until certain things happen, it’s hard for the coach to explain them to his fighter,” Jones said. “I told him that I would rather miss a blow to the body than to the head. He answered: “No, I have a different opinion, I’d rather let it go over my head.” Well, until now, he had never known the shock of blows to the head, so he thought like that. It would be hard to expect anything else from him, because he never fell from a blow to the head. Now he understands what I meant and sees what I was talking about.”
“To be completely honest, Chris took the loss better than I did. Much better, Roy said. “He’s like, ‘OK, I guess if 50 percent didn’t work out, then I’ll go back to 75 percent.’ And it’s funny because he keeps joking around and having fun knowing this is boxing and when you fight the best in the world and take on all the challenges, that happens.”
Jones added that Eubank wants a rematch with Smith but doesn’t know if that fight will be next.