James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr

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James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr
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2.533335
Average: 2.5 (15 votes)

Date: 
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Location: 
O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
168
Referee: 
Michael Alexander

Official Judging
Olena Pobyvailo 108 - 117
Jerome Lades 111 - 115
Howard John Foster 111 - 114

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Averaged Fan Card:

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James DeGale
                                                                    
9.93
8
9.09
9.41
9.16
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9.03
9.09
9.22
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9
Chris Eubank Jr
                                                                    
9.06
10
9.90
9.61
9.83
10
9.96
9.90
9.77
9.96
9.03
10


Fan Cards: James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr


scorecard by OLAAIN1994
Round
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JAMES DEGALE
10
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107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
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118


scorecard by DIEGOYEYE
Round
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JAMES DEGALE
9
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10
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107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
10
10
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118


scorecard by AJPENA
Round
1
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Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
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9
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107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
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118


scorecard by WILLIAMBOXING
Round
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JAMES DEGALE
10
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107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
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10
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118


scorecard by MJARSULIC
Round
1
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JAMES DEGALE
10
8
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107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
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118


scorecard by ADAMJO260
Round
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Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
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9
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9
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108
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
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10
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10
117


scorecard by EYE ON THE RING AVERAGES 85
Round
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12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
9
107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
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9
10
118


scorecard by ITESTR
Round
1
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Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
9
107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
10
10
10
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9
10
118


scorecard by POWERPUNCHER999
Round
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Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
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9
9
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9
9
8
9
9
107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
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10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
118


scorecard by @BOXING_SCORES
Round
1
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3
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5
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11
12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
8
9
9
109
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
116


scorecard by BRAIN79
Round
1
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12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
9
107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
118


scorecard by ANDRE_B99
Round
1
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12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
8
9
9
109
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
116


scorecard by NF82
Round
1
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4
5
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9
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12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
9
107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
118


scorecard by FLOYD TOUGH COMPETITOR MAYWEATHER
Round
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Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
8
9
9
111
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
114


scorecard by BOYGLE
Round
1
2
3
4
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8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
9
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
8
9
9
107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
118


scorecard by PETIEROACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
8
9
9
109
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
116


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
8
9
9
109
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
116


scorecard by MINIMAXBOXING
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
9
107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
118


scorecard by ABURIUS
Round
1
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3
4
5
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9
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12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
9
108
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
118


scorecard by OTURN10
Round
1
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3
4
5
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8
9
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12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
8
9
9
111
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
114


scorecard by GOOSU
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
8
9
9
109
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
116


scorecard by NOCTISSOLID
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
9
107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
118


scorecard by THEUNDEFEATED
Round
1
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8
9
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12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
9
107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
118


scorecard by STINGEV98
Round
1
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3
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5
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7
8
9
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12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
8
9
9
109
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
116


scorecard by HAGLERGOAT
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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7
8
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11
12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
9
108
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
117


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
9
107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
118


scorecard by THEALTERPLACE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
9
107
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
118


scorecard by STEVEKRAZY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
8
9
9
109
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
116


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
9
109
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
116


scorecard by RAPID
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
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11
12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
8
9
9
109
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
116


scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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7
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9
10
11
12
Total
JAMES DEGALE
10
8
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
8
9
9
108
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
117


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

This is a 50/50 fight in my opinion.

Eubank is in his prime, DeGale is past his, but not too far past his prime.
DeGale is slightly better in my opinion, no contest as far as amateur careers go, and he has wins over Dirrell, Bute, drew with Jack, but Eubank, with no wins that compare with the exception of a 37 year old, more or less shot, Abraham. DeGale has the better resume, and has had more fights at a higher level, but he lost to Truax, granted, he avenged it, boxed well, but still, given that he vacated the belt, and it was still a tough fight for him against who in the first place was supposed to be a tune-up opponent, and even though Eubank lost to Groves, it wasn't as demoralising a loss as DeGale's loss to Truax, and I think the momentum is with Eubank.

Eubank hits slightly harder, has the output, is the better aggressive fighter, but DeGale has the much better footwork, is the better combination puncher, is the better defensive fighter, switches from head to body better. Both fighters have good variety, but DeGale is more selective.

DeGale wants this on the outside, straight shots, point scoring, that's his fight.
Eubank wants this on the inside, a tear up, as the fresher fighter, with the better chin, that will give him a great chance of winning.

If DeGale can do what Groves did, just put a solid 7 or 8 rounds in the bank by using technical skill and not letting Eubank force his brawn before brain tactics, he wins, if Eubank can cut off the ring (which I don't think he can do well), stop the movement of Degale, or can hurt him and unleash a follow up, he wins.

The amount of time DeGale spends against the ropes could be key in this fight, he should focus on staying off the ropes, could make all the difference when it comes to Eubank trying to attack.

When you think about pedigree, and consider how technically limited Eubank has been proven to be, it is easy to lean towards DeGale, but when you think about timing, it is easy to lean towards Eubank.

Eubank needs this, DeGale does not really, he has had his career, had his big fights against Dirrell and Jack, has been in tough fights, but Eubank has never been a world champion, and I think if he loses this fight, he never will be.

If DeGale loses this, he should retire, he's better than Eubank, and when you lose to a fighter who isn't honestly as good as you, you should think about retiring, ponder your career.

If Eubank loses this, that's 3 losses, and I don't think he will be a world champion because it could take him years before he could get a world title shot, and on top of him not being nearly the fighter he was made out to be, he won't be the fighter he is now, in a few years, so I don't think Eubank will win a world title, ever, if he doesn't win this fight.

I think Eubank will edge the fight, if this was the DeGale who fought Jack, he would win I think, but now, it's completely even in my opinion, and I think DeGale, with his injuries, having been in 6 hard fights in a row (2 of them very damaging), seeming to be old for 32, I think the difference between a prime DeGale and this DeGale is bigger than the difference in calibre, therefore, I think Eubank will win, I think it will be very close, maybe an SD. I could find a reason to lean towards either fighter, but I think Eubank.

Hi Champion,

I've just recently joined but read quite a few of your in depth fight previews. Although I haven't always agreed, we're on the same hymn sheet with this one. I think your write up is spot on.

I'm leaning (only just) towards Degale, purely because he's a better technician that seems to have a style which pinches him rounds on a lot of judges' scorecards. I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see a draw or a split decision.

I think it boils down to Degale's mind in this fight. Can he box for 12 rounds and out fox his opponent, getting a decision? or does he get drawn into a fight, take some damage and make it a very close call? I can see Degale potentially banking some early rounds but then in typical Degale fashion, take his foot of the gas, take a few rounds off and then get drawn into a brawl, which Eubank will almost certainly get the better of.

I think anything between the 115-113 mark for either fighter could be the case here, assuming Degale makes it to the bell. No chance of Eubank getting knocked out, Degale is too lazy, Eubank too fit and also seems to inherited his dad's chin.

Champion97's picture

Welcome to Eye on the ring mate!

That's great pal!, I'm never sure how many people read my analyses. Whether you agree or disagree, always good to get a response.

Definitely, there is a mental aspect for DeGale, he has made past fights harder for himself than they needed to be, for a fighter who fights off the ropes, he can lack movement. DeGale's best shot is to frustrate Eubank, not hurt him, but his tactical dicipline is important, agree on that.

I don't think he's too lazy, but I agree, the chances of DeGale getting the KO are slim, because he isn't a puncher, he is explosive early on, but he isn't the most aggressive fighter or the best at breaking down opponents, and Eubank has a good chin.

Do you want to be in the prediction competition?

There's....a competition?!

I've never been quite sure whether Degale's issues have been workrate related or stamina related, maybe even overconfidence. He's not as frustrating as say, a Broner but he has some of those work shy characteristics sometimes. I'm consider myself a bit of a boxing purist, which is why I hope Degale prevails, I just hope we see the best of him as it feels like it's been a while since we have.

Champion97's picture

Yeah man, I started it just under a year ago.

There is a vault of fights, if you compete, you give a prediction for each one, outcome, decision/KO, if decision, unanimous or disputed, if KO, early, mid, late, you get at least 2 points if you get the outcome right, but can get up to 6 depending on accuracy, 7 if you call a draw, there are about 15 competitors. Want to join?

I think work rate related he's like an amateur fighter who is prepared to compete the 12 rounds, but not do the rounds properly, isn't consistent, isn't a patient fighter. He has a lot of faults, that's for sure, defence can lack, if you throw 4, 5, the last 2 are likely to get through, he stays on the ropes to long. I think he is past his prime, but not too far past it to possibly beat Eubank and box well at this level.

The competition sounds fun but I'll politely decline I think. I drift in and depending on work/home life etc so I doubt I'd keep up. For the record though, on this one I'll go Degale split/majority decision ;-)

Champion97's picture

Ok,

But if you change your mind, here is the figut vault,

Gervonta Davis vs Hugo Ruiz
Sharif Bogere vs Javier Fortuna
Erickson Lubin vs Ishe Smith
Rey Vargas vs Franklin Manzanilla
Alberto Machado vs Andrew Cancio
Jose Carlos Ramirez vs Jose Zepeda
Hiroki Okada vs Raymundo Beltran
Leo Santa Cruz vs Rafael Rivera
Omar Figueroa vs John Molina
James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr
Joe Joyce vs Bermane Stiverne
Anthony Dirrell vs Avni Yildirim

Yikes. Definitely the right decision. Some of those guys I just haven't seen enough of to make a prediction.

Gold's picture

Now for the prestigious vacant IBO Super Middleweight "world championship"

Champion97's picture

We should make an Eye On The Ring Boxing Association belt, apparently there can be any number of world title bouts nowadays. IBA, WBF, fighters should not pay the fees.

MINIMaxBOXING's picture

Very good fight, especially for the UK.
I feel that DeGales' handspeed will give Eubank some problems early, but I feel like Eubank will adjust, start to hurt DeGale, and make him quit in the 10th.
I think this fight will be very similar to Hurd Vs. Trout.

Champion97's picture

DeGale don't quit, his corner might pull him out if he is getting hurt and has no half-decent chance to win, but he won't quit himself, be 99.9% sure of that, and I'm not a fan of DeGale.

I like your breakdown Champion97.

I agree that this is an even fight now. Had this have been the DeGale from the Dirrell fight I would favour him heavily. He does seem to have declined and Jr is certainly a fighter with a good output. If DeGale can move well in this fight then he has a very good chance but the problem with DeGale is he seems to like to take time out on the ropes and that'll be Eubank Jr's chance really. DeGale is going to need to perform better than he did against Truax in both their fights if he is to win this fight, which I think he may do ( perform better). I have a feeling that this is going to be very close on the score cards and I wouldn't be too surprised to see a draw but I also wouldn't be too shocked if Eubank Jr scored a knockdown. I don't think either man will get the stoppage. James to control the early rounds and be ahead through the first 4 rounds but after that it depends on a combination of things.
1.) Can James produce one last good display
2.) How well will Eubank Jr cope with having a trainer? Will he listen
3.) How fit will James DeGale be on the night?
4.) Does DeGale hit hard enough to keep Eubank Jr off ( Like Groves did)

I would like to see James win and win well but ultimately with timing, sadly I lean towards a Eubank Jr victory. Close but clear victory, 115-112 (with a knockdown) something like that.

Champion97's picture

Thanks man.

I think he can produce one last display, he's young enough, I think he has it left in the tank, especially seeing as he improved on the performance in the first Truax fight, in the rematch. I think he will, Eubank Sr takes too long to explain what he means, that minute is no time to be articulate, so a trainer who knows to cut to the chase is what Eubank needs, but I don't think it will make that much of a difference, because in boxing, you have to keep improving, keep learning, year after year. That's unknowable, we can't know what injuries, if any, he has, but I agree that that is an important question, will be a factor. He doesn't hit as hard as Groves, won't do the basics as well as Groves, but he is awkward partly because of his southpaw stance, and more importantly, he has amateur pedigree, is very experienced, he has a certain level of offensive versatility that Groves doesn't have, he is very slick, pivots well, puts combinations together. I think although DeGale is not a non-puncher, he shouldn't try too hard to get Eubank's respect, he should overwhelm Eubank with combinations, use his feet, not go back in straight lines, stay off the ropes, because Eubank can't hit DeGale if he can't get into range, and although a pressure fighter can drain it out of his opponent, Eubank will take more out of himself if he swings for the fences like he did against Groves. I think ring size is improtant, because if you can cut off the ring, walk DeGale down, and throw 5-6 punches, mix it up, he is very beatable, DeGale, but obviously, in a bigger ring, that will harder for Eubank to do. I hope DeGale wins this fight, I am not a DeGale fan, but Eubank is a disgrace to the sport.

You think UD I take it pal, or do you think SD?

I am thinking it will be a UD. If Jr has had a good camp and listens to his trainer then this has the potential to be an interesting one. If he is still "the know it all" that has been rumoured then he is going to struggle. It is clear to see who has the better pedigree definitely. I think it is interesting that Eubank Sr isn't entirely confident ( or at least he isn't saying he is) in that Jr will win. The Groves defeat could make or break Eubank Jr, he is young enough to learn from that and go on to maybe become world champion one day.

It is interesting to see where either can go depending on the result really. I think the winner could end up in with Billy Joe (assuming he picks up the WBO strap) but a defeat for either is damaging. I would think DeGale would retire, but where would a defeat leave Eubank Jr. It'd be hard to rebuild straight away.

Champion97's picture

If Eubank loses this, I believe he will never be a world champion, because that isn't a direct failed attempt at a world title, that's a loss before he's even fighting for a world title, and by the time he has worked his way back, he might not be in his prime, unless he lost but was lucky enough to get an opportunity this year, and it was against a poor opponent or an opponent he can just about have the beating of, but if he can't beat a 32 year old DeGale who we know is a fair bit past his prime, then how would he beat a top 5 super middleweight?

I think for DeGale, this is about bragging rights more than anything else, if he beats Eubank, he might cash out, try to get a payday, but at the end of the day, he knows he is past his best, because if he believed his days of being a defending a title weren't over, why vacate the IBF belt after winning it from Truax? DeGale is a two-time world champion, he's had a good career, Eubank has never been a world champion, the pressure is on Eubank, and derailing Eubank's last hope of getting on the road to becoming a world champion, might be his motivation, as well as getting one last payday, but for Eubank, the pressure is on him, he loses this, and it is unlikely he will ever be a world champion.

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Luis Ortiz vs Christian Hammer
Tevin Farmer vs Jono Carroll
Katie Taylor vs Rose Volante
Gabriel Rosado vs Maciej Sulecki
David Benavidez vs J'Leon Love
Luis Nery vs McJoe Arroyo
Kosei Tanaka vs Ryoichi Taguchi
Dmitry Bivol vs Joe Smith Jr
Maurice Hooker vs Mikkel LesPierre
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Liam Smith vs Sam Eggington
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I keep going back and forth on this one. On one hand, Degale let himself get trapped on the ropes by Truax and struggles to keep a high pace(not good against someone with the punch output of Eubank). However, Eubank's footwork is trash and that is a big part of the reason he got schooled by Groves. I don't know if he can recreate Truax's success, because he may struggle to get Degale against the ropes and do work there. I'll post here or PCOM if I change my pick.

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I agree, because a pressure fighter, bully with high output, like Porter, Eubank, has to hve the foot speed and the ability to cut off the ring, if you compare Porter to Eubank, foot speed is the biggest difference, Eubank holds his ground, tries to hit harder than he naturally can, and although a pressure fighter is supposed to wear down his opponent, when Eubank holds his feet, puts everything into those bolo shots, allows his opponent to step back and breathe, Eubank takes more out of himself than his opponent, and that's why after 7 rounds against Groves, he was more tired, fell to the floor a couple of times, and Groves won round 8, and 10-11.

No rush with the prediction, the deadline is the first bell.

Change my prediction to Eubank UD please.

I'm sticking with my gut on this one. Degale by very close decision. probably split or majority.

I'm surprised all the late money has come in for Degale despite my prediction.

Wow. Degale was awful. Fair play to Eubank. Let's hope Degale sticks to his word and retires. He's got nothing left at this level. I give him credit for getting to the bell, he's a warrior.

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Credit to Eubank, he boxed better than I thought he would, he realises this is his last chance, he has the potential, it is his attitude that stinks, but in this fight, he boxed better, talked in the ring, threw his opponent on the floor, he's nasty, but just because he is not a nice guy, doesn't mean he isn't a decent fighter, and he had good tactics in this fight, didn't waste his shots. I still don't think Eubank is top 5 at 168, I think DeGale is further past his prime than I thought, he should definitely retire, and I still think a prime DeGale would have won this. I think Eubank can win a world title, he got the win here, he won comfortably, and I think he if gets the shot against Dirrell, that's a winnable fight for him, I don't think he can beat Smith, Plant, if PBC make the in house fight between Dirrell and Benavidez, and Benavidez wins, then Eubank would have a tougher task challenging Benavidez, a fight I think he'd lose, but if he gets Dirrell next, or one of the champions vacates a title, and he gets to fight a Zeuge, Lemieux, etc, he can win that, but I think although he impressed in this fight, he isn't on the same level as Smith, Plant, gets well beaten by both.

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To be fair, in this fight Eubank gave DeGale credit after the fight while DeGale talked about himself and wouldn't give Eubank credit for winning. Also, DeGale wouldn't have been thrown down if he didn't jump in to clinch after throwing one wild shot over and over without being warned or deducted. Eubank vs. Lemieux would be a fun fight to see honestly, too bad we won't see that because of promotional conflicts.

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I wrote the analysis before I watched the post fight interview, I do not like either of them, DeGale has always been arrogant and disrespectful, I have always been rooting for his opponent, but Eubank as well, I still don't like him, not that it matters, just wanted to clear that up, I didn't watch the post fight interview until after I wrote that first part. Eubank didn't have to do that, but yeah they were both guilty of dirty fighting, that's experience though from DeGale, knowing how to fight dirty and get away with it, I thought he was fighting very dirty when he fought Groves. I don't know if the Eubanks would work with Golden Boy, they are very difficult to work with, they aren't promoters, hasn't stopped them getting Jr in fights to be fair, but let's also remember why GGG vs Brook even happened, it was supposed to be GGG vs Eubank Jr. Doesn't have to be a super middleweight Charles Martin, doesn't have to be an absolute bottom of the barrell world title opponent, I think Eubank can beat a Dirrell, winner of Qullin vs Truax, etc, to be fair, but I still don't think he beats Smith, Plant, doesn't come close.

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Okay, fair enough. I agree it was a dirty fight overall but in regards to DeGale's clinching it was just bad refereeing. It is clear as day DeGale does it over and over, and this is far from the first fight he has done it in. Eubank is on a three-fight deal with PBC and Fox/Showtime, so he won't be working with Golden Boy and DAZN. Given Dirrell will fight Benavidez next Plant seems like a good option. Eubank made it seem like he is open to fighting at Middleweight as well so that could open up some other interesting fights in the PBC universe like Jermall Charlo vs. Eubank. I think he is still a good opponent for guys like Smith and Plant. Despite his limitations, he has a fantastic chin, great motor, and great athleticism so he will at least give them something to think about.

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Well he makes it hard for the referee to punush him because he doesn't do anything terrible, just consistently dirty, ugly tactics, but I agree, a good referee should get that under control. I didn't know that, I didn't know how you guys saw the fight, over here it was on ITV. I think Plant boxes his head off, and Smith stops him, I think Benavidez is better than he is, but Benavidez's relative inexperience and lack of maturity would make that a 50/50 fight in my opinion. That's a great match up, Charlo vs Eubank, the Charlos both need a fight like that, or Jermall does, where Jermell goes next, if it isn't the Harrison rematch, I dont know, I'm shocked he lost that fight.

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Excessive clinching is enough to be deducted and he certainly does that. I should have mentioned Eubank has an ITV deal but that's only in the UK and it won't affect his matchups inside the PBC universe. It was on Showtime here in the US, but they only showed the final two fights. It definitely seems like it will be Dirrell vs. Benavidez next but after that who knows. From what I last heard Jermell will rematch Harrison. Jermall is kind of out in the woods until the WBC mandates him to fight for that title, so I think Eubank would be a good fight. It would draw well too, both guys are big talkers, Eubank can bring the UK audience to the table. I don't know if PBC wants to risk that though, Jermall is better than his performance versus Korobov but Eubank would be a live opponent.

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It's the sort of thing you can get away with, excessive clinching, I have a different opinion to you as to how clean the standards are that you should hold boxers to.

I know ('only in the UK and it won't affect his matchups inside the PBC universe'), most of his fights have been in the UK, I didn't know it was aired on Showtime.

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Other belts? You don't have one now!

there is an error about official judging foster has it 112 114 and lades has it 112 115

I'm suprised by the judges scorecards

There's a couple of points I'd like to pick up on here. Firstly, I don't want to take too much away from Eubank because it was a good performance but Degale was so far gone I think he probably made Eubank look better than he actually is. I didn't see much difference in boxing skills, footwork etc. Just more discipline and shot selection. I agree with Champion, Plant would box his ears off and Smith would have a field day. Eubank couldn't get inside Groves' jab and Groves couldn't get inside Smiths so that's a hiding to nothing.

The two judges scorecards we closer than I expected. In fairness there were several rounds that were hard to score but at 114-112, taking two knockdowns and a point deduction into account that's saying DeGale won more rounds than Eubank. Frankly that's a disgrace.

As for Eubank senior, I have no clue what he was going on about. The guy is so egotistical, I feel sorry for Jnr. He just gets the win of his life and all his dad wants to talk about is how much he's personally 'suffered'. Really? Poor form.