Chris Eubank Jr. stops overmatched Tony Jeter in two
It was never going to be a tough Matchroom Boxing debut for Chris Eubank Jr. and American Tony Jeter succumbing to a second-round stoppage in a middleweight bout scheduled for 12 was more or less what was expected in Sheffield, England, tonight.
Eubank Jr., rated No. 9 by THE RING at 160 pounds, landed a booming right hand in the opening round and then floored the overmatched Jeter with a swift left hook. In the second he was looking for the finish and referee Howard Foster called a halt to the action when Jeter, pinned against the ropes, absorbed an accurate combination to head and body.
The official time was 0:29.
Known as “The New Generation”, Eubank Jr. certainly has the boxing world talking. Just this week, the Englishman announced his plans to unseat IBF and WBA titleholder Gennady Golovkin and although his comments were met with derision from fans, this stereotypical bluster only added to a well-oiled hype machine.
Cocky, self-absorbed, boisterous? Unquestionably but, make no mistake, the 26-year-old son of former two-weight world titleholder Chris Eubank can also fight and he has the capacity to improve under new coach Adam Booth.
Eubank Jr. (20-1, 15 knockouts) is already scheduled to face Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan on Dec. 12 in an eagerly anticipated domestic encounter that is dripping with bad blood. The pair will collide in London on the Anthony Joshua-Dillian Whyte undercard.
“O’Sullivan has been talking a lot of mess,” said Eubank Jr. when interviewed by Sky Sports in the U.K. “I’m coming for him and it’s time for some punishment.”
Englishman Gavin McDonnell successfully defended his European junior featherweight title against Jeremy Parodi by posting a 12-round unanimous decision. The official scores were 118-110 and 117-111 twice.
McDonnell, younger brother of THE RING No. 4 rated bantamweight Jamie, boxed off the target for most of the fight, spearing home an accurate left jab while mixing in an effective body attack. Adept head movement prevented Parodi from landing upstairs and when the game Frenchman did manage to close the gap, he was tied up and marched backwards.
Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing