CHRIS EUBANK Sr hailed his son as a true Brit for refusing to ditch his Union Jack in front of a hate mob in Germany.
Eubank Jr KO’d Turkey’s Avni Yildirim on Saturday in Stuttgart after ugly ringside brawling involving ethnic gangs.
It followed a week of attempts to stir up anti- British feeling within the city’s Turkish community.
And his ex-world champion dad was worried about him entering the ring wearing red, white and blue.
But gutsy Chris stood firm, declaring: “I’m a patriot.”
And he ended up being applauded by fight fans for his third-round defeat of the previously unbeaten Yildirim.
Chris Sr, 51, who faced intimidating crowds during his career, said: “I gave him a choice in the dressing room not to wear the Union Jack.
“I said, ‘It’s a hostile crowd and there has been fighting ringside. You don’t have to wear it — it’s up to you’.
“I was in two minds. My duty is to protect him.
“But he picked the Union Jack and that makes me very proud.
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“He said, ‘No — I want to wear the flag’. In the face of adversity, he was brilliant.
“That is a huge thing for me because it was tasty and very, very hostile in there.”
Eubank Jr’s impressive win was a second successful defence of his IBO super-middleweight world title.
It also sent him into the final four of the World Boxing Super Series knockout tournament.
Now the Brighton fighter, 28, is eyeing up a mega-fight with London’s WBA champion George Groves — who takes on Swindon’s Jamie Cox in a quarter-final at Wembley on Saturday.
Should Groves, 29, win, a semi-final in the capital against Eubank has been pencilled in for January 20.
Explaining how he coped with the fiery atmosphere in Germany, Eubank Jr said: “Dad thought it might not be a good idea to wear the Union Jack, especially after the massive brawl.
“But I’m a patriot, I’m not playing at this. I was representing Great Britain.
“If we’re in Germany, I’m wearing the flag. I was cool, calm and collected. I’ve been that way my entire career.
“I’m especially like that when you have the rival team trying so many strokes to get under your skin and rattle you — as they did in Germany. You have to go through these challenges to become a great world champion.
“If the fight against George happens, there’ll be no need for any of the stuff that happened at the press conference in Germany. It will be a lot more professional — the fight would sell itself.
“Myself and George are rivals but respect each other.
“I’ve done my part. Now we need George to do his part to get that showdown on.”
Eubank Jr insisted his win against Yildirim should end any doubts he lacks punching power as a super-middleweight after stepping up a division.
He added: “I don’t get it. I have a very high knockout and stoppage ratio. Guys don’t go 12 rounds with me.
“I’ve been working on my power and I knew that I needed to end it quickly in Germany.”
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