Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Sven Elbir set for Oct. 2


Chris Eubank Jr. will face Sven Elbir at the SSE Arena Wembley in London on Oct. 2, UK promoter BOXXER announced Wednesday.

It will be Eubank’s second fight with 52-year-old Roy Jones Jr. as his coach, who won world titles at four weight classes.

Eubank Jr. (30-2, 22 KOs), from Brighton, England, has been training with Jones in Florida ahead of facing Elbir (18-1, 14 KOs), from Berlin, Germany, who has stopped five of his last six opponents.

“My opponent Sven Elbir is a good fighter but if he thinks he can stand in my way — he’s wrong, and he will learn that the hard way,” Eubank said. “2022 is going to be a massive year for me. The middleweight division is on notice. The takeover begins on Oct. 2.”

On the same card, England-based, Russian David Avanesyan (27-3, 15 KOs) will defend his European welterweight title against Britain’s Liam Taylor (23-1-1, 11 KOs).

BOXXER also confirmed it will stage Savannah Marshall’s next defence of her WBO world middleweight title against Zambia’s Lolita Muzeya (16-0, 8 KOs) at the Utilita Arena Newcastle on Oct. 16.

Marshall (10-0, 8 KOs), from Hartlepool, England, is targeting a showdown with American Claressa Shields (11-0, 2 KOs), 26, from Michigan. On the same bill, heavyweight contender Hughie Fury (25-3, 14 KOs), 26, from Manchester, England, will face Germany’s Christian Hammer (26-7, 16 KOs).

BOXXER has also signed Caroline Dubois, who competed for Team GB at last month’s Tokyo Olympics and the UK-based promoter has agreed a co-promotional agreement with US-based Top Rank that will see undisputed super lightweight world champion Josh Taylor, from Scotland, defend his belts against England’s Jack Catterall at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, on Dec. 18.

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