Chris Eubank Jr continues his quest for stardom against the little-known Tom Doran at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday (25 June). The 26-year-old's British middleweight title is on the line, with Doran looking to cause a major upset.
How to watch
The Eubank Jr vs Doran fight is live in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports Box Office, with the programme beginning at 7.30pm.
Eubank Jr is one of the rising stars of British boxing and will be out to impress at the O2 Arena. The 26-year-old is rumoured to be on the cusp of agreeing a money-spinning deal to face the fearsome Gennady Golovkin, but knows he must win and win in style as he looks to build his reputation.
Since losing to Billy Joe Saunders in 2014, Eubank Jr has recorded four straight wins, including his most-recent triumph against Nick Blackwell, who was subsequently forced to retire due to a serious head injury. However, Eubank appears to have put that night behind him and appears to be supremely confident of adding another spectacular knockout to his record.
In the opposite corner will be the unbeaten Welshman Doran, who is looking to cause a major upset at the O2. The 28-year-old has won all 17 of his fights as a professional and although he is not a big puncher, Dorren - who is the WBC International middleweight titleholder - is not to be underestimated.
Also fighting on the same card is Dillian Whyte, who faces Croatia's Ivica Bacurin. The 29-year-old heavyweight is expected to record a one-sided victory as he continues his recovery from the serious shoulder injury he suffered in his knockout defeat to Anthony Joshua in December.
Elsewhere on the night, Conor Benn will face the third fight of his professional career against Lukas Radic, while John Wayne Hibert will square off against Andrea Scarpa for the vacant WBC Silver super lightweight title.
What they have said
Chris Eubank Jr: "Tom Doran is undefeated and doesn't know how to lose and that makes him a dangerous man. You can't call out the best in the world without putting on top performances. I have to make statements and earn my stripes so Tom Doran is the man I'll make my statement against on Saturday night.
"After my last fight against Nick Blackwell I have seen what you're less prepared than you're opponent and that has made me train, prepare myself 10-fold. I've got too many goals I want to achieve in my career so everything is 100 per cent on point now."
Tom Doran: "It's disrespectful - it's boxing so you kind of expect it but it's foolish to look past the fighter facing you at the moment. I've been the underdog before but I'm still undefeated."
Eubank Jr: 23 fights, 22 wins (17 via knockout)
- (W) Nick Blackwell - TKO - May 2016
- (W) Gary O'Sullivan - RTD - December 2015
- (W) Tony Jeter - TKO - October 2015
Doran: 17 fights, 17 wins (seven via knockout)
- (W) Luke Keeler - TKO - June 2016
- (W) Rod Smith - KO - April 2016
- (W) Mike Byles - TKO - November 2015
Despite Doran's impressive record, he is facing a massive jump in class against Eubank Jr and does not have the punching power to keep his better-known opponent at bay.
Eubank Jr, meanwhile, knows he needs to deliver an eye-catching performance in order to build up a potential fight against Golovkin. On that basis, expect the pre-fight favourite to produce another head-turning performance that will ensure his stock rises even further.
Odds (via Betfair)
- Eubank Jr 1/25
- Doran 9/1
- Draw 20/1