PREVIEW: BORG V EUBANK JNR

Welsh middleweight champion Frankie Borg (8-1, 3KO) will face off against the high profile prospect Chris Eubank Jnr (11-0, 6KO) over six rounds tomorrow night (Saturday November 16th) in Kent on a Mick Hennessy show at Bluewater’s Glow venue, with television coverage coming from Channel 5. Borg, trained by his uncle Tony at St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport, was scheduled to appear on the Warrior Promotions show at the Sport Wales National Centre on December 13th but he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to face Eubank Jnr. 33-year-old Borg spent four years in prison during what should have been his physical prime in his twenties, on the flip side he is relatively fresh for his age. After turning professional in October 2010, Borg racked up six straight wins but he picked up his first defeat in July 2012 when he was knocked out by Danny Butler in their back and forth British Masters battle. Borg was out of the ring for a year and he returned with a career best performance in another bruising battle, beating Gary Cooper for the Welsh title and then keeping busy with a shut-out win over the game Diego Burton who held a respectable 4-1 record. Since his 2013 return, Borg and his team seem to think he hasn’t got time to waste since turning his life around and it’s a mark of the man that he’s produced his best form against his toughest opponents. A world away from Borg’s fights on the small hall circuit, Eubank Jnr has had a totally different education to the professional code. The 24-year-old has had the star treatment and received a ton of  attention since turning professional in November 2011, that comes with boxing on terrestrial television and being the son of former world champion and celebrity Chris Eubank Snr. Eubank has amassed a perfect undefeated record as a professional and he got off to a flying start in his first year, with nine wins in his first 13 months. It’s worth noting that a fair share of his opponents were coming up from their naturally lighter weights and had no real notice or time to prepare for the fight, not that many away fighters do receive that luxury. However, 2013 hasn’t been as successful for Eubank Jnr who has only had two outings and his bout with Borg is likely to be his last of the calendar year. Through his social media, Eubank Jnr’s made no secret that he’s unhappy about it and his ambition is commendable. Those two performances were his most impressive yet, stoppages over the durable Tyan Booth and Alexey Ribchev who many other contenders have looked less than stellar against. Eubank Jnr’s aura, like his father’s, has often been more than enough to gain the upper hand on many of his opponents but in Borg, he meets a man on his own mission who feels he has just as much on the line. This should make for six storming stanzas.

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