Two-time IBO World super-middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr (29-2, 22KOs) has reportedly signed a deal to fight under the Team Sauerland banner after being out of action since his victory over world title contender Matt Koborov (28-4-1, 14KOs) in Brooklyn, in 2019, due to the ongoing uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic.
According to BILD, the Team Sauerland stable were extremely eager to begin the new year with a bang after a seemingly quiet year last time out and have made the acquisition of the British middleweight, promising to make bigger fights at middleweight to further his career under manager and father Chris Eubank.
The Brighton boxer wants to return to the ring in 2021, irrespective of the global situation affecting sport, and is no stranger to boxing action in Germany defeating German fighter Arthur Abraham (47-6, 30KOs) earlier in his career. He is unbeaten in his three fights outside of the UK, which will further boost his confidence and chances of becoming a recognised world champion.
He previously worked alongside brothers Kalle and Nisse when he reached the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series tournament during 2017-2018. He lost in a thrilling fight with George Groves in the penultimate round of the competition, but retained a good relationship with the promoters and agreed to appear on the undercard against JJ McDonagh as a reserve in case either finalist pulled out, says Nathan Grohman, senior editor at Realcasinoscanada.com. Callum Smith went on to win the Ali Trophy with a seventh-round TKO over Londoner Groves.
Eubank Jr joined Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions in a plan to become the face of their UK invasion on ITV, but this did not go according to plan and the partnership faded away.
The 31-year-old Briton now wants to return to the top of the middleweight scene after seeking guidance from legendary former fighter Roy Jones Jr who is fresh off the back of an appearance with Mike Tyson in an exhibition contest.
He currently holds the WBA interim middleweight title after his previous victory and could target a bout with Japanese sensation Ryota Murata (16-2, 13KOs) for the full WBA World title belt. The 34-year-old Tokyo titlist has held the belt twice, and won four from six world title fights, twice avenging his defeats like a true champion.
Chris has defeated two former world champions already (Arthur Abraham and James DeGale), but also been bested by two future world champions (Billy Joe Saunders and George Groves). There's no question he belongs at world level, but whether he can lift a world title has fight fans divided in opinion.