By Elliot Foster
Chris Eubank Jr. set up a potential world title fight with a four-round stoppage.
The second generation middleweight successfully retained his British crown at London’s O2 Arena, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Eubank Jr., who is now 23-1 (18 KOs), floored previously undefeated Tom Doran (17-1, 7 KOs) four times, as part of the undercard to Anthony Joshua’s first defence of the IBF heavyweight world title.
And now Eubank Jr., whose father Chris Sr. was at ringside, could return in the autumn in a world title challenge against WBC, WBA Super, IBF and IBO world champion at 160lbs Gennady Golovkin, who is undefeated and has a record of 35-0 (32 KOs) –– and promoter Eddie Hearn says that a deal is very close for the pair to meet in either September or October in London.
Speed and accuracy were key in the early stages and the former British, Commonwealth and European title challenger had too much of it for Connahs Quay man Doran.
Doran has to be credited for giving as good as he got in the opening parts but as the fight grew on Eubank Jr. began to dominate, using a variation of head and body shots to break down his opponent, who was saved from further punishment by referee Marcus McDonnell with 25 seconds remaining in the round.