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Eubank Jr Following In His Fathers Footsteps

Pressure will inevitably build on the youngster

Posted Jun 14, 2011 by Chris White

The great Chris Eubank hopes his son follows in his footsteps

Having beaten Nathan Decastro in just the second round of their rematch in Brighton on Saturday night, Chris Eubank Jr is turning his preparing himself to turn professional, following in the footsteps of his father.

The 22-year old was fantastic in those two rounds, before the referee intervened in the second round after Eubank Jr landed a devastating right hand which had his opponent rocking. He showed both sides of his talent, the technical boxing and the aggressive fighter, repeating the result of their bout last month which went the way of Eubank Jr on a points decision, despite being knocked down by Decastro.

Promoters Matchroom, who are lead by Eddie Hearn, the son of Barry – who managed Eubank Sr – are rumoured to be eyeing up a deal for the youngster but have so far refused to either confirm or deny the rumours, simply stating that they are “monitoring his progress.”

Eubank Sr, who won the WBO middleweight and super-middleweight titles in his career told Sky Sports News that he thinks his son will be even better than he was in his prime, but will keep his feet on the ground, saying: “I told him not to make the job more difficult than it needs to be by fighting when it is easier to box. He still has a lot of hard work to do to turn professional, but I’m a hard taskmaster!”

The whole turning professional theory does come with a flaw though, in my opinion. Just look at the number of sportsmen and women who have attempted to turn professional in the same sport as their parents.

One fine example, from football, is that of Jordi Cruyff, the son of the Dutch legend Johan. He came through the youth team at Barcelona, where his Dad was the manager, and when he was sacked he was sold to Manchester United. To try and avoid comparisons to his father, Cruyff chose to have simply ‘Jordi’ on the back of his shirt. Despite making several impressive performances, he was unfortunate to be consistently compared to his Dad, and in a time where United were the best footballing team in the world, he couldn’t break into a midfield that featured the likes of Beckham, Giggs and Scholes in their prime, and never really got going. This got the media on his back, claiming he was ’nothing like his Dad’ despite being given limited opportunities. He represented Holland at national level but the comparisons continued and Jordi fell away from the very top level.

You may be wondering where I’m going with this, but there is logic. My point is that son’s, and daughters, of truly talented sportsmen and women, such as Chris Eubank Sr and Johan Cruyff, automatically have pressure put on them to succeed, and outdo their parents. Chris Eubank Jr is 22 years old and is on the verge of turning professional. He is attracting spotlight, just for being the son of the great Chris Eubank. If Eubank Jr doesn’t succeed, you just wait and the media will swallow him alive.

I hope this doesn’t happen, and I wish him all the best in his professional career and admire him greatly for following his father into boxing. But I think he needs to be strong enough to carry the label, and burden, of being ‘Chris Eubank’s son’.

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