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Chris Eubank Jr has the perfect trainer in Adam Booth, says Sky Sports' Johnny Nelson
Last Updated: 29/09/15 11:35am
Chris Eubank Jr has joined Matchroom and now has Adam Booth in his corner, two decisions that Johnny Nelson thinks will bring out the best in him...
Chris Eubank Jr signing for Matchroom has got me excited - and not just because we get to see him on Sky Sports.
This boy has everything, including the potential to be an unbelievable force.
But let's not kid ourselves, it is potential and of course, we all saw him lose to Billy Joe Saunders. There are things to improve from that in itself but the first thing he can - and will - improve is his activity.
Eubank Jr has been like having a brand new, top of the range Bugatti in the garage: you tell everyone it's there but you don't want anybody to see it because the days aren't sunny enough!
Activity brings experience and that gives you wisdom and that is the first thing I see that Eubank Jr needs to sort out. It's like having a brand new, top of the range Bugatti in the garage and you tell everyone it's there but you don't want anybody to see it because the days aren't sunny enough. Eventually it is no longer brand new and top of the range.
That is the best way I can describe where Chris is right now. He is a very good piece of machinery, but because he's not been out to get those experiences - good and bad - it is all about potential.
The move to Eddie Hearn could be the one thing that changes that because he is the one man who will get him out regularly. He will not be left in the garage, that's for sure. And that means he will not become a wasted talent.
Chris does have all the attributes that his father had, like that engine, that heart, that desire but he still needs the sort of skills his dad used to show with all that. He might need stripping down to the bare bones to start with but he now has the perfect man to do just that: Adam Booth.
As soon as I bumped into Adam at the British Boxing Board of Control awards on Friday, all I could say was: 'How the hell is this going to work?'
We all remember the Saunders defeat because he lost but we all remember Chris Eubank Sr - or should I say 'English' - in the corner. Throw Ronnie Davies, who has known him since he was a kid, into the mix and the fact that Adam doesn't take any rubbish from anyone.
Well, Adam just told me he is the boss and if it that sort of stuff happens, he will just walk out. End of. And there were so many egos in the Eubank corner it needed one boss, one voice, one person in control to decide what's going on.
I have a feeling Ronnie Davies' role will be the translator, the interpreter, connecting with Booth, while he is doing what he does best.
If they want Chris Jr to fulfil his potential, that is what they'll need. We all know what Booth did with David Haye, George Groves and now Andy Lee so he is the right man for the job.
I honestly think Chris Jr will be better than his dad. Booth needs to be the one that taps into that refinement, that skill and that technique. That has been missing and probably blocked out by those egos.
I do think he has what it takes to be the best. But not simply!