Eubank Jr aiming to surpass his father’s legacy
As Chris Eubank Jr prepares to fight against George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series this Saturday, he believes that winning the bout will not only help him to capture his first recognized world title but will also help him separate himself from the legacy of his father.
Eubank Jr (26-1, 20 KO) has naturally drawn comparisons with his father since he started boxing. He now however feels that he is no longer a newcomer who needs regular guidance from his father as he did earlier on during his career.
He said: “I’ve come to terms that people will always compare us. But this is the type of fight that really does separate me from my father. Winning this fight, winning the tournament, puts me in a league of my own.”
He went on to add: “Obviously as a kid starting off in the game, he was heavily involved because you don’t know what you’re doing so you look for guidance. Now, aged 28 and a world champion, I know what I’m doing. I don’t need that instruction. I’ve been there, I’ve done it. … I’m now at the stage where it’s nothing to do with my father. All the support, all the hate, comes from things that I have done as a fighter. As my own man.”
Source: Bad Left Hook
Burnett to defend title against Parejo
Ryan Burnett will defend his WBA Super heavyweight title against Yonfrez Parejo at Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31. Burnett won the WBA crown to add to his IBF silverware after defeating Zhanat Zhakiyanov in Belfast in October.
After claiming the WBA championship, Burnett will now compete against the Venezuelan Parejo in the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s Heavyweight unification match against Joseph Parker.
“I’m delighted to be added to this show it’s going to be an incredible experience to defend my World title in front of 80,000 in Cardiff,” said Burnett. “I don’t really get involved in the politics but we knew that when we face Zhakiyanov that is was likely we may have to vacate one of the belts because of mandatories but I’ve unified the division and now we move on to new challenges.
“I expect a tough fight against Parejo, our styles should gel for a great fight and I’m looking forward to making another statement on March 31.”
“The IBF called an interim title bout between Rodriguez and Haskins so we proceeded to make the fight with our WBA mandatory Parejo,” said Burnett’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “Last week we were notified that that bout would no longer take place and that Rodriguez team were not willing to negotiate and they called immediate purse bids. Our deal was already in place with Parejo so we will vacate our IBF title and continue to face our WBA mandatory.”
Source: British Boxing
Ronald Hines signs with GH3 promotions
22-year- old heavyweight Ronald Hines of Cleveland has signed with GH3 promotions. Hines began boxing when he was just nine-years- old.
He was already at the time involved in Karate and his Dad took him to the gym where he met trainer Push Davis. “I feel great signing with GH3 Promotions, they are a promotional outfit that can open doors for me”, said Hines.
“I met Vito Mielnicki and GH3 is more of a family atmosphere, and I like that… I am fortunate to have Ray Edwards on my team. He has been there and done that in football. He has been through all situations, and he can help mentor me through whatever comes my way.
“GH3 promotions Vito Mielncki is excited about the young up and coming heavyweight prospect. Ronald is a pure puncher who has good boxing ability. He is 235 pounds, and he is just a kid at 22 years old. I am going to get him with strength and conditioning coach Freddy Caruso and turn him
pro in May. I am looking to get him 7-10 fights over the next 12 months, and seven more fights in the
2nd year. He will be learning on the job.”
Source: World Boxing News