Friday, 21 July 2017
Eubank jr outclasses crafty Abraham to secure place in WBSS.
Prior to his February shot at the lightly regarded Renold Quinlan, most observers would be mistaken for judging Jr on his 2014 Split decision loss to the now WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in a fight where he appeared to box within himself, with the lack of urgency that could have earned Jr British, Commonwealth and European titles and probably the opportunity at the WBO that subsequently came Saunders way.. Yet in contrast we've seen Dominant stokes of genius against the likes of Dmitri Chudinov, Nick Blackwell and Spike O'Sullivan..
The importance of the occasion brought out the best in Chris Jr (25-1,19 Ko's) who never allowed Abraham the luxury of a close quarter engagement from the off.. The pattern saw the Champion beat the pedestrian Armenian to the cleaner work throughout the first half of the fight, Arthur marching into range with a high guard only to be continually countered with clinical precision.. By the middle rounds the tempo set by the youngster began to take its toll on Abraham, who was a sitting target for the trademark uppercuts Jr cracked in from close range.. It was evident by the 9th that there was no road back for Abraham, who had left it too late to try a rally to subdue the enthusiastic champion.. Eubank’s strong, quick combinations often had Abraham on the defensive, earning him a clear cut unanimous decision by Scores of 118-110, 118-110, 120-108. With the win, Eubank retains his IBO 168lb belt and will move onto the lucrative World Boxing Super Series. Abraham (46-6, 30 Ko's) looked an ageing fighter at 38, who has possibly come to the conclusion of a brilliant career..