Irish champion JJ McDonagh gets shot at Chris Eubank Jr

Irish champion JJ McDonagh gets shot at Chris Eubank Jr

Mullingar's JJ McDonagh will face Chris Eubank Jr in the biggest fight of his career on Friday week.

The fight, announced today, will see the Irish super-middleweight champion (16-4, 8 KOs) take on Eubank Jr (26-2, 20 KOs) on the undercard of George Groves vs Callum Smith in the Ali Trophy Super-Middleweight Final.

It will take place at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

It's Eubank Jr's first fight back after losing a unanimous decision to Groves in February.

“I’m surprised he did not retire after he embarrassed himself against Groves,” said McDonagh.

“Eubank is a fit man but he does not know how to fight hard.

“I’m a fighting man from a fighting family of generations of fighters. I am going to knock him out!”

Eubank Jr will be on standby to enter the final in the unlikely scenario of one of the original participants being unable to compete.

Irish champion JJ McDonagh gets shot at Chris Eubank Jr

“I have been training hard in Vegas, and I am looking be a part of the event in Jeddah,” said Eubank Jr.

“I am preparing for any scenario that may present itself.”

McDonagh picked up the WBA International Light-Heavyweight title in 2016, as he defeated England’s Jake Ball with a sensational first-round stoppage.

More on this topic

Boxer Patrick Day dies of head injuries sustained in fightBoxer Patrick Day dies of head injuries sustained in fight

TJ Doheny says he is ready for rematch with Danny RomanTJ Doheny says he is ready for rematch with Danny Roman

Frampton ready to draw line under ‘horrific year’ against McCrearyFrampton ready to draw line under ‘horrific year’ against McCreary

Everything you need to know about Tyson Fury’s foray into WWEEverything you need to know about Tyson Fury’s foray into WWE

More in this Section

Haringey boss pulled ‘frightened’ players off pitch amid alleged racist abuseHaringey boss pulled ‘frightened’ players off pitch amid alleged racist abuse

Guardiola praises makeshift City defence for clean sheet in 2-0 win at PalaceGuardiola praises makeshift City defence for clean sheet in 2-0 win at Palace

Ballintubber win fifth Mayo senior title with three late pointsBallintubber win fifth Mayo senior title with three late points

East Kerry gain revenge on Dingle with Clifford brothers on fireEast Kerry gain revenge on Dingle with Clifford brothers on fire


Lifestyle

It’s the personal stories from Bruce Springsteen that turn his new ‘Western Stars’ documentary into something special, the director tells Esther McCarthy.Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars documentary more than just a music film

Apart from the several variations in its spelling in Irish and English, Inishtubbrid, Co Clare is also recognised by three other names: Wall’s Island; O’Grady’s Island and Inishtubber which surely puts it up there as the island with most names — not counting say Inisvickillane, Co Kerry which has about 33 variations to that spelling.The Islands of Ireland: In search of tranquility

More and more communities and volunteers are taking on environmental tasks around the country. In Clonmel, Co Tipperary, for example, people have united to get rid of Himalayan balsam, an invasive plant, from the banks of the River Suir.‘Bashing’ invasive plants

Halloween has become a consumer fest in recent years but there are a number of ways to reduce costs and waste — and make itHappy sustainable Halloween: Don’t be horrified with the waste at Halloween

More From The Irish Examiner