Chris Eubank Jr reportedly signs with new promoter Sauerland, in line for world title challenge against Ryota Murata

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Chris Eubank Jr has reportedly signed with Team Sauerland and looks set to make a fresh run at the middleweight elite.

The 31-year-old earned a career-best win over James DeGale two years ago, but has endured a frustrating period since.

Eubank Jr has not pushed on since beating DeGale

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Eubank Jr has not pushed on since beating DeGale

He previously worked alongside Kalle Sauerland during his participation in the World Boxing Super Series tournament back in 2017/18.

Eubank Jr ultimately lost in the semi-final to George Groves, but retained a good relationship with the organisers and agreed to appear on the undercard for the final as a reserve in case either man pulled out.

Now, according to BILD, he has signed with Team Sauerland to guide his career moving forwards.

After the WBSS finished in 2018, Eubank Jr joined Al Haymon’s PBC and was hoped to be the face of their UK invasion on ITV.

Eubank Jr holds the WBA ‘interim’ trinket

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Eubank Jr holds the WBA ‘interim’ trinket

This started brightly with the DeGale win in February 2019, however things did not go to plan from then onwards.

The PBC/ITV deal soon faded away and Eubank Jr instead made his US debut in December 2019 against the awkward Matt Korobov.

In round two Korobov suffered an injury and the Brit was declared the winner.

Despite telling talkSPORT.com last summer that he was hoping to fight at the end of 2020 following the pandemic disruption, this did not come to fruition for Eubank Jr.

Ryota Murata was the WBA ‘regular’ middleweight champion, but now holds the full legitimate title as Canelo vacated

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Ryota Murata was the WBA ‘regular’ middleweight champion, but now holds the full legitimate title as Canelo vacated

Now it has been almost two years since his last lengthy fight and so it’s claimed he’s decided to move on with Sauerland.

The Korobov fight did give Eubank Jr one potential positive – the WBA ‘interim’ middleweight belt.

Usually these trinket titles carry little weight, but Canelo Alvarez recently vacated the WBA ‘super’ middleweight belt meaning that Japan’s Ryota Murata has been upgraded to hold the full title.

With the ‘interim’ belt, Eubank Jr could be in line to become Murata’s first mandatory challenger in 2021, though this remains to be seen.





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