Chris Eubank Jr showed ‘no fear’ and proved his toughness while trading ‘flush shots’ in sparring, says former world champion Carl Froch.
Eubank Jr makes his long-awaited return to Britain on Saturday’s Chisora vs Parker bill, live on Sky Sports Box Office, as he battles Marcus Morrison at the AO Arena in Manchester.
“I could tell that he wasn’t a polished professional at that stage, because he hadn’t had a big amateur career. Some of the stuff he was doing was quite crude, but his toughness and his fitness and work-rate were really good.
“I’ve been in there with top fighters, so when you spar someone, you know.
“I thought, ‘He could be good Eubank Jr.'”
Eubank Jr’s verdict on sparring Froch
Froch was preparing for a rematch against bitter rival George Groves and would practise his aggressive tactics against Eubank Jr.
“You have to have fire, grit, determination, even at a young age, sparring a world champion,” Eubank Jr told Sky Sports.
“Steel sharpens steel. In the ring with Froch at that young age? If I get through that, these guys won’t be able to touch me.
“I shouldn’t have been able to compete with a guy of his level at my young age, at the time. So to do what I did? It was a huge confidence boost and solidified the belief I had in myself that I can do this.
“It was a great learning experience.”