Chris Eubank Jr says news of his fight cancellation 'didn't seem real' but he will return to the ring this month

"First opponent gets Covid, second opponent fails a medical the day of the fight. It's surreal," Chris Eubank Jr reacts to cancellation of Anatoli Muratov fight but he expects to resume his career in two weeks

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Chris Eubank Jr plans to return this month despite the cancellation of the Anatoli Muratov fight

Chris Eubank Jr says the news of his fight cancellation was 'surreal' but the middleweight contender still plans to return to the ring this month.

Eubank Jr was told on Saturday morning that replacement opponent Anatoli Muratov had not been cleared to fight due to medical grounds and the bout would have to be called off.

The 32-year-old was originally due to face Sven Elbir, who tested positive for Covid-19, and Eubank Jr has revealed his disbelief at the dramatic postponement.

He told Sky Sports News: "Nothing like this has ever happened in my career. First opponent gets Covid, second opponent fails a medical the day of the fight. It's surreal. It doesn't seem real.

"Everything happens for a reason and the plan now is to fight in two weeks' time. We're still on route. The plan is still to fight this month, so we're OK.

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Image: Eubank Jr had been set to face Muratov on Saturday night

"Listen, I'm back in the gym tomorrow morning. I'm going to continue like this never happened and then I'll prepare for the next fight, which will be in a few weeks' time.

"There's plenty of opponents and it will be a good fight. It will be the right fight."

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Eubank Jr is targeting IBF world champion Gennadiy Golovkin, but is also expected to receive a mandatory WBA title shot.

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Eubank Jr has revealed he will likely fight Kazakhstani boxer Gennady Golovkin at some stage 'within the next 12 months'

"The plan was and still is to fight in December," he said. "We need to fight this month, so that I can have enough time to rest and then have a new training camp for a fight in December.

"It's vital that I get out this month and fight, because a big name or a world title fight is waiting for me in December."

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