Chris Eubank Jr has promised to punish Spike O’Sullivan for his pre-fight insults when they come face to face into the ring at The O2 on Saturday night.
The 26-year-old middleweight from Brighton was angered by the amount of offensive comments which O’Sullivan made about him via social media which the background to the negativity was revealed in the face-to-face meeting on ‘The Gloves Are Off’.
Eubank Jr looks forward to settling their feud when the pair meet at the weekend and has been quoted as saying “I’ve trained like an animal, like a barbarian, and this guy is going to feel the full force of my training on December 12, for me boxing isn’t a personal thing, it’s a business, it’s a sport, it’s something that I do because I love the sport. For him, he’s used social media, Twitter, Facebook – to put it lightly – to be extremely disrespectful towards me to try and get underneath my skin.
“Over the last three years, he’s been doing this, so that’s why it’s a grudge match, that’s why I’m putting so much training and effort into this one – because this guy needs to be punished for what he said.
“When somebody is disrespecting you continuously, targeting your friends, your family, your fans, it give you that little bit extra push in the ring, in the gyms, on the roads to work that little bit extra, because you know you’re going to get in there and teach him a lesson.”
Despite endless comparisons with his father, Eubank Jr insists he is his “own man” and whilst his father may be away in the jungle as a contestant, he certainly wont be reliant on him.
Eubank Jr went onto say “I think they are coming around,” “They are slowly starting to see that I’m here and that I’m the real deal. I’m not a pretender, I’m not a cardboard cut-out of my father.
“I’m my own man and I’m doing things for the British public and I’m trying to make it to the top.”
Victory over O’Sullivan could earn Eubank Jr a shot at WBA champion Daniel Jacobs, who gained an impressive first-round stoppage of Peter Quillin to retain his title at the weekend.
Watch Eubank Jr vs O’Sullivan on Joshua vs Whyte, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office, December 12.