Fast forward seven months and Eubank, still very much the positive pugilist, can admit that victory over DeGale was intended to be the start of a busy 2019 that would see him add further wins and enhance his profile. Since handing DeGale the third loss of his illustrious career, and ultimately the final one as he retired in the immediate aftermath, Eubank has waited patiently for his next opportunity.
“I can’t give you an exact date but expect to see me back in the ring in about two to three months,” revealed Eubank Jr to Sky Sports. “The plan for this year was three fights and it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case now. That doesn’t mean that anything has changed in regard to me getting to where I want to be, but I did fully intend to have a busy 2019.
Eubank Jr’s unwavering spirit has been a trademark of the Brighton fighter since making his professional bow in 2011. Carefully guided by his father, another boxer with an admirable spirit, Eubank Jr’s willpower in winning, and losing efforts, has long been documented. With some doubts regarding his ceiling made apparent heading into the DeGale showdown, the 29-year-old claims his lack of surrender has been instilled in him since an early age and it’s a trait that will never leave him.
“If people knew what I have sacrificed then they’d understand why I put so much into every fight. This has pretty much been my life for as long as I can remember and the work that has been put in to make sure that I become the best fighter in the world means that there can’t be no other way. I’ve been hungry for success throughout my career and that hunger is still with me now.
“I see myself as the best fighter in the world and that’s because I have to. There can’t be any other way. I can’t go into a fight with the other names that are around my weight, who want the same as me, and not believe that I’m better than them.”