Eubank managed to overwealm Yildirim as early as the opening round, forcing the game Turk to take a flash knee from a short uppercut.. Yildirim boxed un typically wild and presented himself almost as target practice for the ruthless IBO champion throughout the second.. The third would see Yildirim attempt to press Eubank, with adverse effects, Jr countered recklessly with a barrage of accurate shots closing the combination with a crisp left hook that would drop Yildirim heavily, obviously in no condition to continue Avni attempted to make it to his feet but the bout was waved off by referee Leszek Jankowiak at 1.58 of the session.
Eubank later proclaimed that he is here to take over the tournament and the division.. Chris's immediate focus will be subsequent quarter finalist George Groves whom he will more than likely face if the Londoner comes through his quarter final with Jamie Cox next week.. Yildirim along with promoter Ahmad Oner later explained to the press that Avni followed his fighting spirit and not the game plan in losing to Eubank so concisely, "If Avni learns from this and uses his ability to adapt he will move on and improve.. If he can't adapt, he won't advance above this level."
Avni himself had some chilling words about Eubanks ability, Yildirim has sparred and shared the ring with a whole lot of top fighters and champions, and when asked for a comparison between Jr and James Degale, Yildirim explained, there is no comparison, different league, Chris is extremely explosive..