SSE Arena as part of Wembley was to host a boxing program tonight led by a fight between Chris Eubank Jr. and Anatolia Muratova. It would be the second match of the year for the popular Eubank, a match he intended to dedicate to his late brother Sebastian.
But just hours before the show, the match was canceled. Unfortunately, the British Commission (BBBofC) denied Murat's permission to perform, after they were not satisfied with his medical tests. Unfortunately, the organizer of the match, Wasserman Boxing, obviously did not check the condition of Murat when he was brought in five days ago as a replacement for the originally planned Sven Elbir, who was forced to cancel his performance because he tested positive for COVID-19.
Eubank, who is currently the biggest star of the promotional house run by the Sauerland brothers, was supposed to be the last match before some great opportunity, probably attacking one of the world titles, so this sequence of events fell hard on him.
He returned to the Matchroom event in May, defeating Marcus Morrison, after a year and a half of absence from the ring. Because of that whole break, he was left without the belt of the interim WBA champion, which was supposed to bring him a fight against the real champion.
Now he has to build his way to the top the other way.
The 32-year-old Eubank has recorded 30 wins and two losses in his career so far. One was inflicted by Billy Joe Saunders and the other by George Groves, in the semifinals of the first season of the World Boxing Super Series.
The position of the main fight of the event was taken over by the match of David Avanesyan and Liam Taylor for the EBU welterweight title. It must be admitted that Eubank was unlucky in this case and that such a decision will be difficult for him.
Given that Eubank was in great shape and showed that he can parry any opponent, it would probably be the same this time as well. His opponent would not have an easy task, and it would be one of the better fights. Still, things happened differently, and Eubank will have to decide what his next move might be.
Disappointment after such a decision exists, but it will not be the reason for Eubank to give up his dreams and desire for a title that is closer to him than he thinks