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Chris Eubank Jr. scores knockout of Avni Yildirim in Round 3 to advance in WBSS

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Chris Eubank Jr., one of the favorites to win the World Boxing Super Series, did nothing to change minds with his performance Saturday.

The son of the the British legend made easy work of Avni Yildirim and finished him in Round 3 with about 20 unanswered blows before a vicious right cross, left hook combo spun the Turk to the canvas. Referee Leszek Jankowiak didn’t bother counting and wisely waved it off at 1:58.

It was another impressive performance for the 28-year-old super middleweight, who outpointed former titleholder Arthur Abraham in July to gain entrance to the 168-pound tourney. Now, Eubank will wait to face the winner of next Saturday’s contest between favorite George Groves and Jamie Cox.

Eubank, THE RING’s No. 7-rated super middleweight, expressed his preference for Groves to give the British fans a fight that’s been highly anticipated for some time.

And if it happens, it figures to be a barnburner, but after the way Eubank looked Saturday, you’d have to make him the favorite to top Groves.

Eubank (26-1, 20 knockouts) punched with authority. He punched with volume. He was fast, athletic and explosive. Yildirim never had a chance.

A blow to the head forced Yildirim (16-1, 10 KOs) to take a knee in the opening round, and it was soon over.

Eubank landed at will and Yildirim, 26, a hard-pressing power-puncher, gave him a willing target.

Now, Yildirim exits the tourney after a disappointing showing, and with a loss now on his ledger. Eubank, though, moves on and waits for Groves-Cox to play out.

 

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • Guy Grundy

    One word..impressive!

  • philoe bedoe

    Eubank looked very impressive against a much bigger fighter in his backyard.
    But he is was stylistically made for him……….

    • Stephen M

      Yldirim was a a plodder, a poor man’s version of Arthur Abraham. Eubank certainly looked good enough against him. Maybe good enough to win the tourney.

      • philoe bedoe

        I agree…….

      • Icada

        I don’t see how Eubank has improved much since losing to BJS. He has basically spent these last few years feasting on limited, one dimensional fighters. Callum Smith and Groves are my favourites.

        • Nick Bannister

          I was at the Saunders fight, and Eubank really gave it away. He was faster and sharper, but so inactive for round after round at the start. Once he turned up he looked really good. I think he’s been class for a while, just not always at the races mentally

          • Icada

            I had a different take on bjs
            Bjs easily won first seven or eight rounds then decided to coast for the rest
            What’s worse however was just how many punches eubank was throwing in that fight with Bjs against the ropes and at no point did it seem like they troubled bjs

          • Icada

            In the final few rounds I mean

        • Stephen M

          I thought that Eubank looked improved . He looked terrific against that level of opposition. His opposition is arguably on par with Smith’s who I thought looked ordinary against Skoglund. But of course, styles make fights. It’ll be interesting to see how Eubanks does against better guys.

          • Icada

            Just out of curiosity what do you think eubank has improved, because from where I stand I still see someone who is very easy to tag, relies heavily on work rate and doesn’t actually have a great deal of power, seen too many average fighters eat 200 punches from him and still not look particularly hurt

          • Stephen M

            I can’t say that I have seen all of Eubanks recent fights but he was very sharp yesterday. Yildirim was a perfect foe for him but he got rid of him quickly. He selected punches well and threw some nice combos. Third round knock out, not much to criticize.

      • Kiowhatta

        No disrespect to Micky Ward, but he reminded me of his defense. Ward was a much better ‘fighter’ with the heart of a lion. Would have like to see Ward throw his money punch (the left to the body) against Eubank and bring him down again.
        His such and arrogant p^*ck, thinking he’s a real world champion with his IBO belt and posturing like he’s Mike Tyson.

        • Stephen M

          I guess his Dad taught him his schtick…And has Floyd as shown, being hated is can be a good $ thing.

          • Kiowhatta

            You’re spot on there. Mayweather wasn’t the first, but he proved you can build a lot of hype and capital by simply playing the bad guy.

          • Stephen M

            Or in Eubank’s case, the weird guy.

  • Arjay Cee

    I hope we can get Eubank Jr. in the ring with top guys soon. The most impressive scalp to date on Yildirim’s belt was an ancient Glen Johnson, then 46 years old and about to retire…

    Credit to Chris for a slick performance and a bloodthirsty execution, even if it was against a guy there to be hit all night. He had to work to shut down the walking tank’s offense and he did this incisively. The Turk looked like he wanted to quit after the first round.

  • Colin Mc Flurry.

    Since Eubank v Saunders, I’ve always thought Eubank is the one who’s improved, and Bjs has gone backwards.
    I’d strongly fancy Chris to beat Saunders if they ever fought again, he lives the life, which is the most important thing in this business.

    I also agree what others are saying here, the Turk was made to order for Eubank, still very impressive nonetheless.

    I fully expect Groves to wipe the floor with Cox and set up what could be the fight of the tournament with Eubank.
    St George has been in some tough wear and tear fights, Eubank with is excellent whiskers and prodigious work rate could be an absolute nightmare for George, but also Groves is a superb elite level boxer.

    I wasn’t impressed with Callum smith the other week, and never bought into the Smith hype from the start.

    Eubank could very well win this thing.

    • Orca

      Good post. I thought Groves looked awful against Chudinov and could come unstuck against CEJ. Few years ago I would have picked Groves with confidence.

    • Guy Grundy

      I would say that’s a very astute post.

  • george lee

    Eubank jr on this showing would demolish Billy Joe Saunders if they were ever to meet again,to be honest i felt Eubank won their first encounter.
    A rematch would be a Box office smash,proper grudge match these blokes dislike one and other with a vengence.

    • TommaT

      I think you’re right, i also thought CEJr won the first fight. BJS can be good but his problem (apart from his personality) is he gases in the last third, either because he doesn’t look after himself between fights or doesn’t train effectively or a combination of both, this will cost him.

  • ciobanu catalin

    Fight a real fighter, lets see that on ggg and then praise the guy

    • Orca

      So he has to lay a beating on p4p1 before people can praise him?

      • Giuseppe

        Yeah, that’s a lot to ask. The following fights are all legit tests / interesting:

        Groves
        Smith
        DeGale
        Canelo
        Ramirez
        An available Dirrell, including the uncle.

        And you know what would be fun? Eubank v JCC Jr.

      • philoe bedoe

        That’s what most people expect from Golovkin’s rivals……….

  • Steve G

    Been reading and watching here for years, but my 1st time commenting. Avid boxing nut all my life (40 years). I’m a Brit but not hung-up on Brit fighters. CE Jnr is pretty good but I’ve been sceptical and not convinced for a while. His opposition has often been lack lustre and hand-picked. This was a good match-up and interesting for 2 rounds. But bad/poor stoppage IMO. No ten count or standing 8? Yes Yildirim was caught, hurt & buzzed. But this was a quality match-up between 2 very good and promising contenders and Yildirim had never lost before. Why was he not allowed a count and a chance to recover and see out the round? He wasn’t exactly out on his feet or put to sleep.

    Nobody wants to see a fighter badly hurt and taking unnecessary punishment, myself included. But to me the ref was far too quick to wave it off instantly. I’m not saying Y would’ve survived to come back and win the fight. But he wasn’t given a chance to recover and continue, which I think was wrong. CE jnr is improving all the time and did look good. He’s going to be a real hand-full for any other top SM. But I thought the ref had a big hand in giving him a quick finish to his evening’s work.

    • philoe bedoe

      The ref should of at least gave him a chance to see if he could get to his feet.
      And then see if he was fit to continue………..

      • Giuseppe

        it looked like one of those stoppages where the ref knew he’d let the guy take too many clean blows and over did it. but yildirim had that GONE look on his face when he hit the canvas.

        • philoe bedoe

          The ref did stop it as soon as he hit the canvas.
          But better safe then sorry though………

    • Giuseppe

      i don’t know… Yildirim’s eyes were in a faraway place. He looked done. Did he complain about the stoppage? I genyuinely don’t know as i switched off afte rthe stoppage. Usually its quite telling if the fighter just accepts it.

      • Keano

        He sort of crawled back to his corner and accepted it

        • Giuseppe

          crawling is also another major sign!

          • Keano

            Lol they showed a gopro angle of the referees view. I thought the stoppage was early until I saw that. Dudes soul left his body

          • Steve G

            Guys, let’s get some facts straight here. Please watch a replay of the action. Yildirim did NOT crawl back to his corner. Despite the ref instantly waving it off, Y got up 7 seconds after being put down. Heavy knock-down, yes. But he got up and was on his feet, well inside 10 seconds. I totally accept the point that the ref is right there, on top of the action, maybe saw a ‘gone’ look in the hurt fighter and hence called an immediate halt. So, benefit of doubt (safety 1st) to the ref.

            But how many times over the years has a hurt fighter got up and somehow made it to the end of the round…and went on to come back strongly? It’s happened many times. And please remember – I’m a Brit. Wasn’t always a big fan of CE jnr but he’s looking rather good right now. I just think Y should’ve been given a count and the chance to get up and continue. It’s not fair to say, “but Eubank would then have jumped on him and could’ve seriously hurt him”. How do you know that for sure? And that’s what the ref’s there for. If Jnr pounced with bad intentions to finish it, the ref would’ve stepped in. I just think the guy was entitled to a count and a chance to survive and continue. But I openly admit – tough call, especially when a fighters health and well-being are at stake.

          • Keano

            Dude did you see the angle of the guys eyes as he went down? He was done

  • learnmore

    Good win & KO made it even better, I thought Eubank jr would beat Yildirim on points with activity & being the better boxer. Groves is on another level to Yildirm & I expect Groves to beat Cox.

  • Kiowhatta

    Eubank looked great against a bewildered looking ‘robot’ who simply walked forward with his earmuffs on and hardly threw a punch.
    Would like to see Jr against a more agile athletic and technically sound fighter.

  • Giuseppe

    Christopher biffed the living ghost out of the Turk. Hard to tell where Eubank is at… he could win the tournament yet… would he have faced a top fighter in doing so? Anyway, would love to see him fight DeGale when this is all over. I think he wins.

    Would laos love to see him v Canelo. Would be much fun.