To beat the best, you have to train with the best. In order to take his fight with Mike Tyson on September 12 seriously, Roy Jones Jr. has enlisted the services of a current champion. It was revealed that Chris Eubank Jr. has been sparring with Jones as the latter looks to compete for the first time since 2018.
In an interview with talkSPORT, Eubank (29-2) discussed working with the former world champion in Jones (66-9). As someone who has watched both fighters, Eubank can only stare in amazement as to what he is a part of.
“I just never dreamed I would be in this situation where I’m being trained by one of the best ever, somebody I looked up to and idolized as a kid,” Eubank stated. “And now I’m training with him every day, sparring with him.
“Obviously I’ve got to get him in shape for this fight he’s got with Mike, but just a lot of learning. A lot of one-on-one time spent on focussing and mastering these little things that I guess I lost track of over the years.”
Eubank, a former IBO Super-Middleweight Champion, is currently on a three-fight win streak. Following a loss against George Groves in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series Middleweight tournament, he rebounded with a win over JJ McDonagh. His last fight was a TKO-win over Matt Korobov back in December for the vacant interim WBA Middleweight Title.
When Tyson announced his boxing comeback for the first time since 2005, the world was waiting for his opponent to be named. Jones was close to fighting Tyson in the past, but a fight never came to fruition. Making his professional debut in 1989, Jones won the IBF Middleweight Title in 1993 against Bernard Hopkins. He then moved up in weight to light-heavyweight.
“Captain Hook” became the first middleweight champion to win heavyweight gold. He ended his career on a four-fight win streak in the cruiserweight division in 2018. Eubank is in awe at what he has been able to do.
“I’ve got a front row view into what Roy is doing to prepare for Mike and I’m helping him,” Eubank went on to say. “This is something that I never dreamed in a million years I would be doing, helping Roy Jones to fight Mike Tyson.
“Mike Tyson is a hero of mine, but I’m in this crazy position where I’ve got two heroes and they’re fighting and I can’t go against Roy. I’ve been with him every day for the last five months so I’m actually in this weird position where I wanna see one of my heroes not win.”
Over the past few months, Tyson has been showing his new physique to the world. Using stem cell research and working out, Tyson has managed to reach the low-200’s in weight. While he has shown some intensity, his lack of fighting during this time may have affected him. Eubank sees Jones’ recent experience as something that can trump Tyson.
“I don’t know how prepared Mike is,” Eubank stated. “He looks great in his little 30-second clips on Instagram, but eight rounds against Roy Jones is a different thing. Roy has been active. He had a fight like two years ago.
“He’s the type of guy, boxing is everything to Roy. I’m not saying it’s not everything to Mike, but I think after Mike retired, boxing became something he used to do and he lived another life. Roy has never lived any other life, he’s in the gym every day and he loves it.”
The fight between Tyson and Jones will take place inside the Dignity Health Sports Arena in California. The bout will air on PPV and Triller.