Chris Eubank Jr beats former cage fighter Jason Ball on narrow points call

19 Feb

Tommy Barber – London

Chris Eubank Jr was forced to work hard in his second professional fight, a decision victory over former mixed martial artist Jason Ball, courtesy of the referee in a bout that was (atypically for a novice) set over six threes. The prodigy is being matched tough as, against Ball, Eubank Jr was up against a fighter who claimed the Central Area title at 11 stones in his most recent fight, but the Brighton boxer did just enough to gain the edge…

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Barber’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Eubank Jr
10 10 10 10 9 9

Ball
9 9 9
9 10 10

Official verdict: Eubank Jr wins referee’s decision of 58-56.

With an injured right mitt, Eubank Jr was effectively prevented from orthodox jabbing and instead relied heavily upon his left hand, jabbing with the southpaw hand and loading up on power when the opportunity presented itself: “In training a few days ago I jarred my right and knew I wasn’t going to be able to use it tonight,” said the 22-year-old who trounced Kirilas Psonko in his debut last November. “But I’m not going to pull out of fights with injuries.”

In the first four rounds, Eubank Jr – like he did versus Psonko after receiving instruction from his father, 90’s middleweight legend Chris Eubank Sr – targeted Ball’s body, scoring with a succession of shots to the torso and sides. Known for his sharp-shooting and pace-setting, Eubank Jr was able to control the tempo for the lion’s share of combat but Ball closed the show in the ascendancy, stealing the fifth and sixth rounds.

With so much praise for his knockout performance in his first fight, Eubank Jr has attracted negative press for what some sections of the media believe to be an underwhelming or insipid display on Saturday, February 18 at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, however, it was certain on the night that the greater man walked away with the decision.

With the hard match-making for a novice, combined with the push for six round fights instead of the customary four, Eubank Jr is being put through a much more rigorous introduction into professional boxing than his peers and, going the distance with Ball will have served him with greater lessons than if he had been aligned with a walking punching bag who turns up merely to cash a pay cheque.

Ball didn’t… he came to box, and was still standing after the punishment dished out in the early going, only to show true fighting instinct to pursue victory in the final two rounds yet the push was too little, too late as Eubank Jr left Yorkshire with an improved record – he moves to 2-0-0, 1ko, while Ball drops down to 5-6-1, 4ko.

From ringside, Eubank Sr said of his son: “For him to beat a fighter of his experience with only one hand is exceptional. I’m happy.”

Related article: Jason Ball picks up two titles as Steve Harkin is trounced with right hand alone

Related article: Like father, like son as Chris Eubank Jr boxes beautifully in pro debut, wins via TKO

Related article: Eubank Jr is green, but promoter believes he’s already better than Macklin, Barker, Murray et al

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