CHRIS EUBANK JR will have no problem winning away after being told to expect ‘hell’ tonight in Stuttgart.
Eubank defends his IBO super-middleweight title against undefeated Turk Avni Yildirim in the quarter-final of the World Boxing Super Series in Germany.
There is a huge Turkish contingent in the city and around 4,000 of Yildirim’s countrymen are expected inside the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle for the clash.
The Turkish masses made their presence felt at yesterday’s weigh-in as they unfurled a huge banner reading ‘Welcome to Hell’ as Eubank emerged.
The sign harks back to 1993 when Manchester United fans were greeted by the same words as they arrived in Istanbul for a fiery European Cup second-round tie with Galatasaray.
United crashed out that September night after a 0-0 draw sent the Turks through on away goals thanks to a 3-3 draw at Old Trafford.
But Eubank, 28, says the English will win this one.
He said: “It doesn’t really matter to me where I’m fighting. Put me in a phone box with the guy.
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“As long as I get that win I don’t care. If there are thousands of Turks there screaming and booing, so be it. After this fight in Germany the next two will be in England, it will be an experience.”
And Eubank does not care if the pro-Yildirim crowd influences the judges, because he is banking on a knockout.
He added: “I cannot really focus on the judges. I’m not planning for this fight to go 12 rounds so it’s not in my mindset.
“I never leave it up to the judges, my goal is always to stop these guys. I guess that worry isn’t really there because I don’t think this is going to go 12 rounds.
“If it does, I have trust and faith in this World Boxing Super Series set-up.
“The last thing they will want is for one of their first big fights to be overshadowed by a bad decision.”
Dad Chris Sr has pleaded with tonight’s referee Leszek Jankowiak to keep Yildirim safe.
Former opponent Nick Blackwell spent a week in a medically induced coma after suffering bleeding on the skull as a result of his 2016 fight with Eubank Jr.
And now his dad says it will be down to the ref to make sure Yildirim, who has a similar forward style to Blackwell, stays out of harm’s way.
He said: “In my view, because of my past experience in boxing, Avni is in danger here.
“I’m asking the referees to protect my son, but also protect my son’s opponent.
“If I put it to you that way then it’s not bravado and it doesn’t sound like I’m trying to be controversial.
“These guys are fit and have been trained by trainers. They haven’t been parented by a fighter who was fierce and loyal to the art and craft of boxing.
“These principles are what put Junior in a different league entirely — watch now what happens.”
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