Callum Smith Thinks Chris Eubank Jr. Crumbles During Big Fights
Former world champion Callum Smith believes Chris Eubank Jr. struggles to find success in major bouts.
Eubank is the current interim WBA Middleweight Champion. He’s been calling for big fights against the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, and Jermall Charlo. Smith isn’t convinced that Eubank can win those bouts.
During an interview with Sky Sports, Smith said he feels Eubank gets by on his big name but has issues capitalizing when fight night rolls around.
“He can get in the mix because his name always brings a lot. He carries his dad’s name so he has a big profile. He talks a good fight so will always talk himself into big fights. But as we’ve seen in the Billy Joe Saunders fight [when Eubank Jr lost his unbeaten record in 2014] and the Groves fight, when he steps up to the highest level his lack of boxing ability seems to let him down.
“He is very fit, athletic, strong. He’s a better middleweight than he is a super-middleweight. But at the very top level he lacks the natural ability to beat the top guys. He will always be in a position to be in those fights. But I don’t see him beating any of the top ones.”
Smith is coming off the first loss of his pro boxing career. Smith lost the WBA (Super) and The Ring gold with his unanimous decision loss to Canelo Alvarez. That bout was also contested for the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Championship.