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Chris Eubank Jr wins WBA ‘interim’ middleweight title

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Chris Eubank Jr captures interim WBA title after defeating Dmitry Chudinov
Chris Eubank Jr captures interim WBA title after defeating Dmitry Chudinov

Chris Eubank Jr (20-0, 14 KOs)  was back in action tonight against Russian fighter Dmitry Chudinov, this was Eubank’s Jr first fight since suffering his first pro-career defeat against Billy-Joe Saunders where he lost on points back in November. Tonight’s  fight was on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s bout against Christan Hammer.

Eubank Jr bounced back from the Saunders defeat to record a TKO victory against Dmitry Chudinov (14-1, 9 KOs) in round 12 to capture the WBA-interim middleweight championship.

Eubank was slow out of the tracks and Chudinov was meeting him the middle for the first half of the fight, both connecting with big shots.  Chudinov tested Eubank’s Jr chin on many occasions, but he rose to the test and fired back with big shots of his own

Chudinov received a bad gash to the eye in the 5th round after getting hit by a head-butt from Eubank Jr, but he kept fighting on with blood pouring out of the cut, the doctor was called to the corner a couple of times but they felt the fighter could continue.

Eubank Jnr was dominating in the later rounds while Chudinov was taking a lot of punches, Eubank was letting off a flurry of shots, 6’s and 7’s at a time.

The Russian just simply refused to go down, the referee Guillermo Perez Pineda allowed the one-sided assault to continue throughout the later rounds.

In the 9th Chudinov ended up getting docked a point for losing his mouth piece for the second time in the fight.

Eubank put together around 13 unanswered shots, he was looking better and better as the fight went on.

Chudinov, though, did not give up. Firing back and at times catching Eubank while coming in with the Britian showing willingness to stand and trade – showing that type of openness could lead to problems when he steps up in class.

One thing that for sure is that Dmitry Chudinov is one tough cookie.

An onslaught of punches at the beginning of the 12th round for 45 seconds saw Eubank Jr batter his opponent in to submission landing clean hooks before the referee eventually stepped in with 51 seconds remaining.

The ref had seen enough and called a halt to the fight giving Eubank a comfortable victory in the end.

Chris Eubank Jr is now targeting a rematch against Billy-Joe Saunders after losing to him on points in November.

“Hats off to Chudonov,” Eubank Jr, who lost a split decision to Saunders in November, told BoxNation at ringside.

“I have never hit somebody so many times and the guy hasn’t gone down. I had to stop beating him up in the 12th and say that he’s a hell of a fighter. An incredible chin.

“This result is redemption and I’m back. And I want that rematch, Billy Joe Saunders. I’m coming for you. I know what Billy is about, and the boxing public know that I’m a league above him. I now know I can go 12 rounds and turn up in the 12th.

“I’m a complete fighter and I’m ready for redemption. I went in there to box the guy and show my skills, so I knew boxing wouldn’t be enough and I just have to give him punches. I’ll happily fight him again – he deserves it.”

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