Nate Vasquez claims Chris Eubank Sr snuck into the corner for James DeGale fight, but was told to be quiet by Chris Eubank Jr


Nate Vasquez claims Chris Eubank Sr snuck into the corner for James DeGale fight, but was told to be quiet by Chris Eubank Jr

Chris Eubank Jr had to put his father in his place during the James DeGale fight, according to trainer Nate Vasquez.

The coach, whose future with the Brighton super-middleweight is currently unclear, revealed some of the goings-on in their corner on February 23 at the O2 Arena.

Chris Eubank Sr made himself a part of his son’s corner team

Eubank Jr ultimately won the bout by unanimous decision to claim a career best victory, however it was still a turbulent night for him if his coach is to be believed.

Vasquez told Sky Sports: “A couple of weeks before the fight, Ronnie [Davies – supervisor] told me that Chris Sr would not be in the corner. I thought it was better for him to be outside the ring.

“But, on the night, he squeezed into the corner. He was trying to tell Chris Jr stuff but Chris Jr said, ‘Quiet, I’m listening to Nate.’”

Nate Vasquez says Chris Eubank Jr had to tell his father to be quiet

Despite the fact Nate Vasquez successfully mentored Chris Eubank Jr against James DeGale, the 29-year-old now appears to be weighing up his options.

Eubank Jr is currently out in America experimenting with Amir Khan’s coach Virgil Hunter and Vasquez only found out about this by word of mouth.

“I don’t know if jumping trainers will help him,” he continued. “You can’t learn if you’re jumping trainers from time to time. If you go from trainer to trainer to trainer, it’s not good.

“I got the best win of his career with him. I’m not mad at him if he goes to another trainer.

After the bout, all was well as the trio celebrated

“I don’t think Chris Jr will do a training camp in California without any of his people there. And I don’t think Virgil Hunter will leave California.

“Chris wants to be a boxer but he needs a lot of work on his footwork, and his style isn’t meant to be a boxer like Roy Jones Jr or Andre Ward. Some styles can’t change and, if he changed, it wouldn’t suit him.

“My main purpose was to work on his defence, his jab and to get him to throw combos. You don’t want to change anybody too much. Chris is a pressure fighter and if you change him into a boxer it won’t go well for him.”


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