Chris Eubank Jr Considers MMA Future
As MMA grows in popularity, fighters are starting to blur the lines between the ring and the cage. With the talk of both sports being a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, many fighters are talking a transition between sports. The latest: British boxer Chris Eubank Jr.
Eubank Jr. (23-1) started his pro career in 2011, but boxing was not the first martial art he fell in love with.
"Before I started boxing, I tried MMA and I was grappling and did some jiu-jitsu," Eubank said. "I used to have lessons in our old house in my dad’s gym. I did that before I even started boxing.
"Once I started boxing and I was allowed to box, MMA didn’t interest me anymore," Eubank said. "There’s just something about standing in that ring and having nothing but your fists to rely on against another man. There’s no rest, there’s no escape, there’s no lying–it’s the purest form of combat."
Though he eventually decided upon boxing as the perfect combat sport for him, he does not rule out the possibility of stepping into the cage in the future.
"Boxing is 100 percent my focus at the moment–I’m about to fight for a world title, so nothing else is on my mind," Eubank said. "But, in the future, who knows? I was pretty handy in the grappling area with armbars and leglocks and all that–I was good at it, especially for a kid of my age.
"So you know, I haven’t done it since I started doing it all those years ago, but I’m pretty sure I can remember it if I had some more training. I don’t think it would actually be a huge shock or challenge for me to transfer over if I wanted to."
Eubank Jr. will fight for the IBO super-middleweight title when he faces Renold Quinlan on Feb. 4.