On 25th October, 2014, Chris Eubank Jr had no trouble blasting out overmatched opponent Omar Siala inside 2 rounds. Eubank now remains unbeaten following the victory at the Echo Arena, England, improving his record to 18 wins with 13 by way of knockout.
From the opening bell it was one-way traffic. When Eubank wasn’t showboating, he was landing with heavy combinations, some of which knocked Siala off balance and across the ring. Leading with a wild uppercut won’t please boxing purists, but will certainly please the all-action knockout junkies.
In between rounds, Chris Eubank Sr entered the ring to offer advice to his son. The eccentric former world champion may no longer hold a belt, but certainly maintains his unofficial position as boxing’s best dressed.
The 2nd round continued much the same with Eubank throwing hard combinations. Then, following a full-blooded uppercut and barrage on the ropes, the referee stopped the contest at the 1:50 mark. The crowd noised their protest in what they felt was a premature end, but the referee is unlikely to lose sleep over the decision. Siala had already taken enough punishment, and would have needed a miracle to cause an upset.
Following the TKO, it was clear that Siala had been served up as a sacrificial lamb to setup Eubank’s grudge match with Billy Joe Saunders. But that’s just the business of boxing, be it a little ugly. (Eubank Jr vs Siala Fight Highlight TKO)
Come November 29th, Eubank will no doubt face the hardest test of his career in unbeaten Saunders, the current British, Commonwealth and European titlist. Saunders has of course faced and defeated the bigger names, making him arguably the victor on paper. Eubank has inherited his father’s power, however, which makes him a very dangerous opponent to share the ring with. Like it or loathe it, he’s also inherited his father’s showboating – not that that will make much difference come fight night.
The eagerly anticipated matchup is filled with intrigue, with the winner certainly destined for big things in 2015.
In the evening’s earlier action, Paul Butler outpointed Ismael Garnica on the undercard, earning a lopsided Points Decision of 100-91. Kevin Satchell also displayed his talents, winning a Majority Decision over Valery Yanchy and retaining his European Flyweight belt in the process. The bout concluded at 117-112, 116-112, 114-114.
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