Eubank Jr retains IBO super-middleweight crown

Chris Eubank Jr retained his IBO super-middleweight crown at Wembley Arena on Saturday with a unanimous points victory over veteran German fighter Arthur Abraham.

Abraham, a former three-time world champion was outclassed by the Briton, who won the fight 118-110, 118-110 and 120-108 on the judges' scorecards.

Eubank Jr made a strong start in the first two rounds, but Abraham weathered the storm, before returning fire with some good shots of his own in the third round.

The champion, though, kept plugging away and a continuous barrage of shots eventually took their toll on Abraham.

Eubank took a big shot in the seventh round, but was able to laugh it off and hit back in the next round with some punishing blows – although Abraham showed no signs of flagging.

The challenger then began to tire by the ninth round and was shaken when Eubank landed a big left hand, but still managed to last the final few rounds.

After the fight, Eubank Jr was full of respect for his beaten foe.

“He was the most durable guy I’ve faced,” said Eubank Jnr.

“He hasn’t been stopped for a reason. I hit him with every punch in the book. I know I hurt him, I hurt him bad but I couldn’t get him out of there. Still, the statement was made. I shut this guy out. He’s a world level fighter and he didn’t win a round against me. I’m happy with the performance.”

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