Chris Eubank Jr retains IBO super-middleweight title with unanimous points win over Arthur Abraham
By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 16/07/17 7:36pm
Chris Eubank Jr has retained his IBO super-middleweight title after a unanimous points win over the hugely experienced Arthur Abraham at Wembley Arena.
Abraham is a former three-time two-weight world champion but he was out-boxed by the younger man on this occasion and did well to reach the final bell.
Eubank Jr made an energetic start to proceedings and Abraham had to take a lot of punches through the early rounds.
But the 37-year-old Abraham has shared a ring with some of the best fighters of his generation and he managed to weather the early storm, before landing some decent shots of his own in the third.
However, Eubank was definitely edging the early stages and continued to hold sway in rounds four and five, although he made little impression on Abraham, who shrugged and grinned as he found himself on the receiving end of some huge blows.
It was Eubank's turn to laugh off a decent shot in the seventh but the Brit connected with a few himself and allowed himself a bit of showboating, feeling that he had matters in hand.
And Eubank continued to land some punishing blows in round eight, but Abraham is extremely durable and there was little sign of the veteran being stopped.
But Abraham began to look a little tired in the ninth and took a huge left from his 27-year-old opponent.
A supremely confident Eubank played the showman again in round 10, comfortably avoiding the punches an increasingly desperate Abraham was throwing.
Eubank landed another big blow in the 11th but Abraham proved his fortitude once again by surviving to the end of the fight without too much difficulty.
However, there was little doubt he had suffered just the sixth defeat of his fine career, with the judges scoring the fight 118-110, 118-110 and 120-108 in Eubank's favour.
And Eubank will now enter the World Boxing Super Series, an eight-man tournament which also features WBA world champion George Groves.