Chris Eubank Jr breaks down Wanik Awdijan and forces him to withdraw after five rounds of middleweight battle

Chris Eubank Jr seals fifth-round stoppage victory after rival Wanik Awdijan failed to leave his corner for the sixth; Eubank Jr was boxing for the first time since his brother Sebastian died

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Chris Eubank Jr: My opponent says he broke his rib

Chris Eubank Jr beat up Wanik Awdijan, forcing him to pull out after five rounds on Saturday night in Newcastle and say that his ribs were broken by body punches.

Eubank Jr had been punishing his rival with thudding punches when Awdijan failed to emerge for the sixth round.

Victory tees Eubank Jr up for the major fight he has been targeting in December en route to a world championship opportunity.

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Image: Eubank Jr delivered punishing body shots

His shorts and ring-walk robe were adorned by the name of Sebastian, his brother who died in July.

Eubank Jr had been made to wait an agonising fortnight for this return fight, after two opponents withdrew from fighting him in a matter of days, and Awdijan asked him a few early questions with his tricky southpaw stance.

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Image: Eubank Jr broke down Awdijan in five rounds

Eubank Jr was forced to nod in admission that Awdijan had caught him in the fourth round with a solid left hand.

But he turned up the heat and responded with body shots then a left hook.

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Image: Eubank is aiming to progress into a major fight

The fifth round was Eubank Jr's best so far - he thumped home a succession of shots to the ribs, and Awdijan was visibly breathing hard and backing off.

Awdijan, sat on his stool after the fifth, shook his head and called the referee over to signify his withdrawal.

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Carl Froch questions whether Billy Joe Saunders has priced himself out of a rematch with Chris Eubank Jr.

"The guy came over and said that I broke his rib with a body shot so he couldn't continue," Eubank Jr told Sky Sports afterwards.

"The guy came out southpaw - I had been told he was orthodox! Another obstacle that I had to overcome!"

Sky Sports Boxing schedule

October 24 - Top Rank in Atlanta
Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson - WBO super-featherweight title

October 31 - Top Rank in New York
Jose Zepeda vs Josue Vargas

November 6 - Top Rank in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche - IBF and WBO super-featherweight titles

November 6 - BOXXER in Liverpool

November 20 - BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois professional debut

November 20 - Top Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter - WBO welterweight title

December 11 - BOXXER in Birmingham
Savannah Marshall
Claressa Shields

December 11 - Top Rank in Las Vegas
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey

December 17 - Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne - IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles

December 18 - Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall - undisputed super-lightweight title

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