Posted: Fri 20th May 2016

Eubank Jr next up for Connah’s Quay boxer Tom Doran

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, May 20th, 2016

Connah’s Quay fighter Tom Doran is set to take on Chris Eubank Jr in a massive British Middleweight title fight at The O2 in London on June 25.

Eubank Jr will be making his first defence of the Lonsdale belt against ‘Dazzlin’ Doran who goes into the fight on the back of four straight wins.

Brighton based Eubank has stopped his last four opponents on his way to landing the British crown, and the 26 year old is determined to win the prestigious title outright before moving onto World honours.

Eubank won against Nick Blackwell in March but will be wary of the hard-hitting Deeside danger man Doran, the fight is on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s first defence of his IBF World Heavyweight title.

Doran enters his first British title fight on the back of his remarkable win in a two-round war with Luke Keeler. Doran hit the deck hard in the opening session of their clash in Liverpool in April, but sprang to his feet and returned the favour with interest, flooring the Irishman hard and nearly stopping him inside the first round.

Keeler came out for the second but Doran twice put the Dubliner on the deck to end the contest and land the vacant WBC International strap. The 28 year old plans to derail Eubank’s World title dreams and rip the British strap away from him.

“This is what I want – the British title in my sights and I intend to take it with both hands,” said Doran. “I believe I am ready for this – I’ve boxed in front of big crowds at the Liverpool Echo and I will soak up a great atmosphere at The O2.

“I know Chris Eubank Jr is a great and talented fighter but I think I have the tools to overcome the challenge and stick to the game plan that we will take into the fight, I’ll get the job done and become British champion.”

It will be Eubank’s first bout since winning the title from Nick Blackwell, the ill-fated March 25 contest that left Blackwell in a coma after being stopped in 10 rounds.

“I’m glad to be back,” he said. “I’ve always said Sky Sports is one of the best platforms to fight on. I am 100 per cent ready, and I’m looking forward to fighting Doran; he will be coming for the upset.”

“It is one fight at a time but when you’re working towards a super fight it does effect your training and focus, and that’s a good thing. We’re not looking past Tom Doran, but we’ll get past him, move on, and then take over the division.”

Chris Eubank Snr insists they will not look past Doran, 17-0.

“I have taught my son to not look past the next one,” he said. “It will be compelling drama on June 25. If he gets past this this, it’s August 29 next – we want to keep that Lonsdale Belt.

“You’ve got to get Golovkin then we may have a long-term deal,” Eubank instructed Hearn. “I don’t think Golovkin will take the fight, but you must make that fight. I don’t see how, by my mathematics, how he can win.”

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