CHRIS EUBANK JR is SURPRISE his long relationship with Roy Jones Jr will help him win his brutal confrontation with Liam Williams.
Eyebrows raised during the pandemic when the middleweight son of the British ring legend Chris Sr visited the United States to train with the pound-for-pound icon.
But Brighton slugger EubankThe 32-year-old – who previously refused to work with a full-time coach – is stuck in Pensacola, Florida, due to Covid-19 travel regulations.
And the two-week trip turned into an 18-month trip.
Because Cardiff’s clash on Saturday with his bitter rivalEubank Jr has just a few weeks to work with the four-pound world champion in his oceanfront underground gym.
But he insists the bond that is forged and the foundation laid will leave no stone unturned.
Eubank Jr told SunSport: “I never thought I needed a coach but I would still go to gyms around the US – Las Vegas, San Francisco – or Dubai and learn from coaches. and different martial artists.
“But there is something striking about Roy and our different personalities and lifestyles come together so well. I have homes in Brighton and Las Vegas and like everything in a way.
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“So living on Roy’s farm for so long – with roosters, chickens and dogs walking around – is a bit of a shock to the system.
“But when you’re so focused on training, your surroundings don’t really matter.
“I’m sure Roy feels a bit less used to the heat on Brighton beach in February than it is at his home, but this is business, we have work to do and that’s important. ”
The cynicism with Williams – whom Eubank Jr has labeled a ‘low, scum and despicable life’ because of slurs aimed at him and his family – will be Hove’s third along with coach Jones.
Neither of the first two victories in 2021 received much praise.
Critics have even suggested that Brit is currently caught between his fan-friendly brawl style and Jones’s unstoppable pace and reflex-based boxing.
But Eubank, who believes his monk-like lifestyle guarantees him at least another six years at the top, insists he still has time to learn and he is happy he still has his fighting instincts. Fight or flee by yourself.
He added: “It is very difficult to change your fighting style later in life. The younger you are, the easier it is.
“You are more malleable at a younger age. When you’re an experienced boxer it’s hard to change but it’s doable, I’m doing it right now with Roy.
“You can’t change a 32-year-old, you can’t, you can edit and adjust and learn, but your body can’t be changed. When you get hurt, when it gets tough, that’s when your bases and fundamentals will always show. ”
And Jones Agree that even the most talented mentor in the world can’t teach the most important element to a boxer’s arsenal.
The 53-year-old said: “You can get any coach you like – but it doesn’t change who you are.
“Trainers can help build a fighter but cannot make them fight, each fighter must have his own heart.
“I couldn’t give my heart to Chris and Adam Booth couldn’t give it to Liam Williams. But Chris already has that.”
Meanwhile, Liam Williams won’t let Eubank Jr’s most savage performance scare him off ahead of Saturday’s grudge-filled battle.
The Welshman, 29, stood in Nick Blackwell’s corner in 2016 when his friend was beaten by Eubank Jr.
That one-way hit went through ten devastating rounds and left Blackwell with a massive swelling above his eye before collapsing – requiring anesthetic treatment and life-saving surgery.
Williams said: “Obviously very sad. Nick is my friend. But it’s the fighting game, it can happen to me.
“I may not even have to fight, I can fight tomorrow, it can happen to anyone.
“If you get punched in the head over and over again, eventually something happens, right? So you just have to try and avoid that.
“When I turned pro, I knew what I signed up for.
“It’s part of the risk so I’m willing to take that risk. If anything happens to me in the ring, I’m doing what I love. As directed.”
Dad-of-one Williams feels that his opponent has made his way into boxing thanks to the success of his father Chris Eubank Sr.
He added: “We come from very different worlds.
“I didn’t have any help along the way, I started going to small concert halls. If you work hard, you can get where you want to go.”
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17514927/chris-eubank-jr-roy-jones-jr-liam-williams-fight/ Chris Eubank Jr believes long-distance affection for Roy Jones Jr will be key to winning a brutal grudge match against Williams