Irish traveller JJ McDonagh agreed to box Chris Eubank Jr at less than five weeks’ notice, but not just because he has sparred with the Brighton man in the past. The decision to meet Eubank over 10 rounds on the undercard of the George Groves vs Callum Smith World Boxing Super Series final undercard in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on September 28, is indicative of a fearless attitude McDonagh, and his twin brother, light-heavyweight Paddy, have long embodied.
“I was first offered a fight with Luke Blackledge, but that fell through due to money I believe, but I’ll fight anyone,” says the Mullingar man, who meets Eubank at 12st (168lbs) in Jeddah. “I want good hard opponents. He’s a good boxer, only two world champions have beaten him [in Billy Joe Saunders and Groves], but I don’t fear him. I don’t fear any boxer, he’s a human being at the end of the day, but he comes in for a fight, he’s there to be hit and hopefully I’ll perform good. It’s a good opportunity, I couldn’t refuse it.”
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