Chris Eubank Jr. Routs Arthur Abraham

By Cain Bradley on July 15, 2017
Chris Eubank Jr. Routs Arthur Abraham
It was a wide points decision with the scorecards reading 120-108 and 118-110 twice.

Chris Eubank Jr. (25-1) retained his IBO World super middleweight title with a win over former champion Arthur Abraham (46-6)…

Saturday night at the Wembley Arena in London, England, Chris Eubank Jr. (25-1) retained his IBO World super middleweight title and qualified for the World Boxing Super Series with a win over Arthur Abraham (46-6). It was a wide points decision with the scorecards reading 120-108 and 118-110 twice. Credit has to be given to the matchmaking here, with Abraham the biggest name available that Eubank would easily beat. His speed was on another level to Abraham but overall I am still not sold. His pacing of rounds is weird and he misses far too often. I cannot wait to see him in the World Boxing Super Series and think that although he can beat Avni Yildrim, who wants to fight in the same place as Eubank, he will lose to George Groves.

“He was the most durable guy I’ve faced,” said Eubank after the fight. “He hasn’t been stopped for a reason. I hit him with every punch in the book. I know I hurt him, I hurt him bad but I couldn’t get him out of there. Still, the statement was made. I shut this guy out. He’s a world level fighter and he didn’t win a round against me. I’m happy with the performance.”

Lee Selby (25-1) is probably the classiest boxer in Britain and showed with a stylish domination of Jonathan Victor Barros (41-5-1) to retain his IBF Super Featherweight Title. It has been an emotional week for Lee, as his Mother died, but the emotional Welshman managed to put in a good performance. A cut seemed to slow Selby in the sixth but Selby was the clear winner and even dropped Barros in the twelfth. The final scores were 117-110, 119-108 and 117-110. He is so tough to hit and will be an absolute nightmare for anyone in the division. I think he beats Carl Frampton in a matchup that I reckon happens at the end of this year unless Frampton gets a chance to avenge his Santa Cruz loss.

Martin J. Ward (18-0-2) edged home against Anthony Cacace (15-1) to retain his British Super Featherweight title and add the commonwealth trinket. The Irishman arguably edged it with his cleaner shots but the work rate of Ward, at home, probably got him the win. The final scores were 115-114, 116-114 and 116-113 meaning a poor final couple of rounds cost Cacace. Once again Ward did not impress me and I would make Liam Walsh favorite to beat him if that fight got made.

The big shock of the night came as Michal Syrowatka (19-1) stopped Robbie Davies Jr. (15-1). Davies was looking like he was going to get the job done despite not impressing. The Pole has avenged his only lost and will now get into the top 20 in the world rankings. It looked like Davies had sealed the fight when Davies landed a controversial knockdown in the ninth but Syrowatka come back and forced a stoppage with his relentless aggression. Davies left on a stretcher receiving oxygen. I was in the midst of writing how Davies had a long way to go to be compared to other British light welterweights such as Josh Taylor. We could now see a clash with Ohara Davies.

Kid Galahad (23-0) cruised his way to a win against Jose Cayetano (21-6). He stopped the Mexican in the tenth as there referee waved the contest off. The tough Mexican was only stopped for the first time in his career, two bouts ago by Scott Quigg by a thunderous shot. Cayetano could almost definitely have survived but the referee felt he was taking unnecessary punishment. Galahad is a tricky southpaw and his aggression allowed him to find homes for his jab and left hand. Galahad was deducted a point in the fifth for low blows, after starting the round solidly backing Cayetano up into corners. The ITV commentators may have slightly over egged it with it being described as “dramatic” and “fight changing.” His career really curtailed after a failed drug test but the general consensus was this was an impressive performance. Galahad has a couple of big domestic fights including Carl Frampton and Lee Selby who hold world titles. Perhaps more realistic are Scott Quigg, Josh Warrington and Ryan Walsh.

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