Can Eubank Jr. prove his mettle in New York?

Chris Eubank Jr will look to enhance his reputation in the boxing ring against Matt Korobov in his first bout in the United States. The 30-year-old has produced impressive form in his fights in the United Kingdom, although he is only 18 months removed from a humbling defeat at the hands of his compatriot George Groves at the Manchester Arena.

However, he has bounced back with successive triumphs to enter the contest against the Russian with momentum and the view of taking on Jermall Charlo in the future, who currently holds the WBC middleweight crown. The first task at hand for Eubank Jr. will be to overcome Korobov and his solid form in the division. The Brit is backed in the boxing betting odds at 4/9 to win the bout, which would be the 29th of his career and perhaps the stepping stone to greater things in the near future.

Korobov will present a challenge to the 30-year-old, although the Russian has not recorded a victory since March 2018. The Russian put forward a strong challenge to Charlo in a meeting last December after being put into the bout as a replacement for Willie Monroe Jr.

The 36-year-old lost on a points decision, although he was more than competitive in the bout. In his last fight in the States, Korobov drew against Immanuwel Aleem in a controversial call, which should have seen the Russian declared the winner. Therefore he will be hungry to prove a point against Eubank Jr. at the Barclays Center, the site of his defeat to Charlo.

Eubank Jr. comes into the contest off the back of his best performance of his career. He defeated James DeGale by a unanimous points decision. The 30-year-old took charge of the fight in the early stages by landing a left hook on the chin of his opponent before beginning a barrage of blows that almost forced DeGale out early on, recovering after a count of eight by the referee. Although DeGale began to find his feet in the mid-rounds, the aggression deployed by Eubank Jr. on the counter made him dangerous.

He managed to regain the upper hand in the contest in the 10th with another powerful left before overwhelming his opponent with another series of blows, sending him to the deck. It was enough to secure the victory on points, although there will be work for the Brit to do to tighten up his defence for the test that Korobov will pose in New York.

Korobov has an even record when it comes to knockouts and points’ decisions so Eubank Jr. will have to be prepared to go the distance. However, his style would see to lend itself towards a barrage to try to force the knockout, matching the success of Andy Lee, who has been the only fighter to best Korobov by sending him to the canvas. That result was over five years ago and it will take some effort from the 30-year-old to produce a performance of that ilk. However, if Eubank Jr. wishes to face off against Charlo in the future he will need a signature knockout victory to prove that he is capable of matching his wits against elite competitors.