Chris Eubank Jr makes an appearance in Jeddah after all, but not as he may have wished when he entered the tournament back in 2017. The British fighter competes in a low-key bout against Irish contender JJ McDonaugh on the undercard of George Groves vs. Callum Smith who face off for the super middleweight WBA title. This fight is scheduled for 10 rounds and is a non-title bout.
Eubank Jr vs. McDonagh Betting Markets
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Chris Eubank Jr to win inside five rounds @ 2/1 > Low risk bet
The bookmakers were taking the piss quite frankly with the spread of betting odds for Eubank Jr to win outright in this fight. The same can be said for the Brighton-based boxer to win by KO. So expectations for him to emerge victorious are nailed on, which is why we’ve opted to choose for how he gets the job done as alternatives. If he knocks McDonaugh out or the ref intervenes on his behalf before round six then 2/1 odds pays out. Eubank Jr might be on a mission to restore his name, and if so, this market looks juicy enough to back.
Chris Eubank Jr to win in rounds 6-10 @ 7/4 > Low risk bet
On the other hand there are a number of reasons why Eubank Jr might need more than five. The fight isn’t being hyped as a spectacle of the tournament which could dampen the atmosphere. In doing so, the WBSS semi-finalist could take a longer to grind through the gears to win the bout. Not forgetting the potential spanner that McDonaugh may throw in his spokes. The Irishman has gone the distance in three of his last fights and may prove to be a stubborn opponent to put away. Eubank Jr should dominate towards the halfway point which is why picking him to score a KO/TKO between then and round 10 is worth a punt.
Fight to go the distance @ 3/10 > High risk bet
Untested fighters at international level rarely show themselves in a good light over 12 rounds. There are levels to this game and Eubank Jr, albeit a man with many flaws in his own style, should be cunning enough to expose the chinks McDonaugh is known for. Too many mistakes from the underdog could signal an early finish. Backing this market is a risk too far for us to stomach.
There are rumours circulating in the world of boxing that Eubank Jr and Degale are on a collision course for a December showdown. Both fights have an easy run of it before that deadline in facing opponents of lower tier quality. In this WBSS event, Eubank Jr has an opportunity to make amends for a despicable attempt to outbox George Groves by going back to basics. And only then can he warrant a claim to challenge a boxer of Degale’s calibre.
We see him making a smart fight of it against McDonaugh by tightening his footwork and planting measured shots. Patience is key. McDonaugh may offer a brave turnout but he’s there for the taking – Eubank Jr by KO.
How to Watch: When, Where and What Channel?
As with Groves vs. Smith, this fight is being broadcast live from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Time difference shouldn’t prove to be a problem for UK viewers who can catch all the action from around 8pm local time. The event is available to watch from home on ITV pay-per-view services at a modest fee. Viewers outside of the UK can access this event through online streaming platforms.